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Re: python.el doesn't define `comment-start-skip'

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: python.el doesn't define `comment-start-skip'
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:38:16 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> It's implied in newcomment.el that `comment-normalize-vars' should be
> called before using the library, which creates `comment-start-skip' if
> necessary.  However, many programming modes seem to define it themselves;
> cperl-mode uses "#+ *", and the old python-mode.el uses just "# *". 
> Should this be added?

The old commenting code (i.e. before newcomment.el) did not know how to
build comment-start-skip from comment-start, so many major modes set
it manually.  Other major modes set it manually because newcomment.el
doesn't do a good enough job of guessing the value of
In the case of python.el I don't think it's necessary.

        Stefan "going through some of his voluminous backlog"

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