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Re: Format of compilation-error-regexp-alist-alist

From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: Re: Format of compilation-error-regexp-alist-alist
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 01:11:51 +0100
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Kevin Rodgers wrote:
Lennart Borgman wrote:
I do not understand the format of `compilation-error-regexp-alist-alist. I can not find in the documentation how the first element in the entries are used. Where is absoft, ada, aix etc used? If I want to add a new entry to the alist for support of a new command what should this new command output to match the names (absoft, ada etc)?

Am I missing something in the documentation?

Well, it's doc string says:

| Alist of values for `compilation-error-regexp-alist'

And if you click on the link in the *Help* buffer, that
variable's doc string says:

| Instead of an alist element, you can use a symbol, which is
| looked up in `compilation-error-regexp-alist-alist'.  You can see
| the predefined symbols and their effects in the file
| `etc/compilation.txt' (linked below if you are customizing this).

So I think a new command should have its own symbol.

Thanks for the answer. I finally understood that I could bind `compilation-error-regexp-alist' etc before calling (compile ...). That made it very simple.

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