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Re: How to use code from solar.el

From: Stephen Berman
Subject: Re: How to use code from solar.el
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:13:24 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.0.50 (gnu/linux)

On Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:02:31 +0100 Matthias Pfeifer <> 

> solar.el is an emacs lisp library that comes with emacs. It (defun)s the
> function solar-sunrise-sunset that calculates sunrise, sunset and daylight.
> I was wanting to have this information available in the mode-line and added
> to my init.el file this piece of emacs lisp:
> (require 'solar)
> (defun mp:sunrise-sunset-for-modeline ()
>   (let ((calendar-time-display-form '(24-hours ":" minutes))
>         (l (solar-sunrise-sunset (calendar-current-date))))
>     (format "[↑%s, ↓%s]"
>             (apply 'solar-time-string (car l))
>             (apply 'solar-time-string (cadr l)))))
> When i was testing the code it was working find. However when I invoke
> emacs i get during loading of init.el this error message:
> Debugger entered--Lisp error: (wrong-type-argument arrayp nil)
>   solar-exact-local-noon((11 25 2016))
>   solar-sunrise-sunset((11 25 2016))
>   (let ((calendar-time-display-form (quote (24-hours ":" minutes))) (l
> (solar-sunrise-sunset (calendar-current-date)))) (format "[↑%s, ↓%s]"
> (apply (quote solar-time-string) (car l)) (apply (quote solar-time-string)
> (car (cdr l)))))
>   mp:sunrise-sunset-for-modeline()
>   eval((mp:sunrise-sunset-for-modeline) nil)
>   elisp--eval-last-sexp(nil)
>   eval-last-sexp(nil)
>   funcall-interactively(eval-last-sexp nil)
>   call-interactively(eval-last-sexp nil nil)
>   command-execute(eval-last-sexp)
> Why is the function not executing? If I invoke calendar before
> mp:sunrise-sunset-for-modeline then it works without error. Is it possible
> that i have to require some more dependencies? The debugger error message
> does not seem to indicate this, but it seems likely to me.

The error is raised because the value of the variable calendar-longitude
is nil.  Both this variable and also calendar-latitude need to be set
before your function above is invoked.  One way to do that is with `M-x
customize-option' and making sure your customizations are evaluated
before mp:sunrise-sunset-for-modeline is invoked in your init file.

Steve Berman

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