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Re: gnus-kill-newsgroup error

From: Eric Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: gnus-kill-newsgroup error
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2020 09:19:49 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Richmond <> writes:

> Eric Abrahamsen wrote:
>> Richmond <> writes:
>>> Eric Abrahamsen <> writes:
>>>> Richmond <> writes:
>>>>> Due to my computer dying I lost some changes. One of which was to stop
>>>>> subscribing to new groups. But even though I reapplied this change, I
>>>>> was unable to launch gnus because of this error. I cannot find any
>>>>> reference in the lisp to this function gnus-kill-newsgroup but something
>>>>> is calling it and then failing. I got gnus working in the end by
>>>>> removing the mozilla server from .gnus.
>>>>> There was a reference in to this function in .gnu-emacs but I renamed
>>>>> this file to dotgnu-emacs but still the error occured. Can functions get
>>>>> copied around?
>>>> `gnus-kill-newsgroup' was removed from Gnus (or at least this Gnus
>>>> change was merged into Emacs master) in 2012, so it's been a while.
>>> Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.3 (gnu/linux)
>> That's a pretty old Emacs -- is there a chance you could upgrade to 26?
>> 27 is almost out.
> Probably but I am not sure I want to just yet. On the last system which
> is now dead I did upgrade but it caused various other problems.
>>>> What version of Emacs are you using? You're not still loading an
>>>> external Gnus installation, are you?
>>> No. I had to re-install linux etc. So starting from scratch.
>>>> You talk about changes, and "reapplying changes", what does that mean?
>>> Some time ago, maybe a couple of months, I asked in this group why gnus
>>> was subscribing to groups and as a result of that I made changes to
>>> .gnus and got rid of .gnu-emacs-custom
>>>> What seems most likely is that you've got some custom functions in
>>>> your.gnus.el or elsewhere that are still calling `gnus-kill-newsgroup'.
>>> The problem is I cannot find any reference to it.
>>> I do this:
>>> find . -type f -print|xargs grep -i gnus-kill-newsgroup
>>> All it finds is this:
>>> ./dotgnu-emacs:        (gnus-kill-newsgroup newsgroup)))
>> So presumably this file is getting loaded somehow? I don't see that
>> that's a standard filename of any sort. If you look at that file, what
>> is that code a part of?
> I don't think it is getting loaded, although it might be. But it was the
> file which was called .gnu-emacs which I renamed to dotgnu-emacs so that
> it wouldn't get used. (dot = . )

If it's not getting loaded, I can't think of what else could be causing
the problem. Unless you've got some old *elc files lying around from a
previous installation. But if you're confident that you've searched all
the relevant locations, I'd say this file is still your culprit.

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