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Re: Ediff frequently crashes emacs.

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Re: Ediff frequently crashes emacs.
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2005 09:55:23 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Peter Seibel <address@hidden> writes:

> Okay, here's another strange one which has happened a few times. I'll
> get an error in the minibuffer that says:
>   Symbol's value as variable is void: nil
> No matter what I do I continue to get that error or something similar
> such as:
>   Error in pre-command-hook: (void-variable nil)
> I can type 'q' to the ediff window and it'll ask if I want to quit but
> when I type 'y' it goes back to:
>   Symbol's value as variable is void: nil
> I realize that this is probably just more symptoms of memory
> corruption but maybe one of these details will give someone an aha
> moment. 

We have had occasional reports of crashes related to the cons list
before, but I really wonder why you see them so consistently.

E.g. I use ediff too and haven't seen any problems...

What kind of files do you compare with ediff?
Any special character set or encoding in those files?

What does M-x list-processes show ?

>         (BTW, is there a way to interrupt emacs without killing it so
> I can get a backtrace from GDB?)

C-z in gdb.

Kim F. Storm <address@hidden> http://www.cua.dk

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