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Re: numbers instead of accented letters...

From: Jean-Christophe Helary
Subject: Re: numbers instead of accented letters...
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2018 23:09:48 +0900

> On Nov 26, 2018, at 22:20, Stefan Monnier <> wrote:
>>> If this works without complaint, check the "U" in the mode-line: is it
>>> still there?
>> Everything worked as you said and indeed the U is still there.
> And if you now try `emacs -Q ~/.emacs.el` anew, you again see the \NNN
> and the "=" in the modeline?

That's correct.

> Does the file have file-local variables as in
>    -*- ... -*-
> on the first line or

I have the blurb added by Package.el at the top:

; Added by Package.el.  This must come before configurations of
;; installed packages.  Don't delete this line.  If you don't want it,
;; just comment it out by adding a semicolon to the start of the line.
;; You may delete these explanatory comments.

>    Local Variables:
>    ...
>    End:
> on the last few lines?

And custom-set-faces at the end.

>> So, should I interpret that as Emacs is, for some reason, not using
>> UTF-8 to read the file ?
> Yes, the `=` means that Emacs decided that this file should be treated
> as binary data rather than utf-8 text, basically.
> Could you also try to search for a 0-byte?  E.g. with
>    C-s C-q 0 C-s C-s
> ?

I have one. I created a keyboard macro the other day to have Cmd+A do a (home 
made) select all, because I did not know that emacs had a select-all command 
already. The macro is:

;;; Select All : Cmd+A (Meta+A)
(fset 'selectAll
   (lambda (&optional arg) "Keyboard macro." (interactive "p") 
(kmacro-exec-ring-item '("\274^@\276" 0 "%d") arg)))
(global-set-key (kbd "M-a") 'selectAll)

If I remove that code, the file behaves properly...

Jean-Christophe Helary
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