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RE: [h-e-w] newbie help with byte-compiling

From: Harig, Mark A.
Subject: RE: [h-e-w] newbie help with byte-compiling
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 11:32:35 -0400

Harrison Thomas,

   I don't know if you want to go to the trouble, but there are two
.info manuals that can help you with emacs lisp generally.  This might
be a little far afield, and I would only recommend them if you are
wanting to deepen your knowledge (and the usefulness) of emacs:

These are the intro-to-emacs and emacs lisp reference manuals.

"when all else fails, read the directions"

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stephen Leake [mailto:address@hidden
> Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 10:11 AM
> To: Harrison Thomas
> Cc: help emacs; address@hidden
> Subject: Re: [h-e-w] newbie help with byte-compiling
> "Harrison Thomas" <address@hidden> writes:
> > I recently decided it was time to teach an old dog new 
> tricks, so i began
> > learning both emacs and Linux by working my way thru Markus 
> Hoenicka's great
> > tutorial on installing psgml. I had been using emacs 
> off-handedly for a few
> > months, then had run into a couple packages for Python and 
> Csound that
> > required mucking with the _emacs file and byte-compiling 
> .el files , so i
> > started surfing around for info, found scant information 
> and an assumption
> > that of course everyone already knew this stuff. Anyway, 
> Markus' tutorials
> > were a godsend though very daunting ( i do enjoy taking on 
> huge projects
> > that periodically leave me screaming " why the hell did you 
> even START this
> > crap?!!!"
> Yes, learning emacs is hard. But as you may be realizing, it's worth
> it!
> > So, there's the history and here's the question: (this is a 
> very shortened
> > version of days of double checking and correcting my _emacs 
> entries, trouble
> > shooting by commenting out sections that were entered after, etc)
> >         I byte-recompile-directory my site-lisp/psgml-1.2.5 
> directory,
> > compiles fine, create a test.sgml, and the psgml menus show up .
> >         I exit emacs, reenter, load test.sgml, and the 
> menus DON'T showup.
> >         I delete the .elc files in the psgml1.2.5 
> directory, recompile, load
> > test.sgml and the menus show up.
> Note what the mode line says for the test.sgml buffer; does it have
> "sgml" in it? (I don't use sgml, so I'm not sure that's the name of
> the mode).
> >         I exit emacs, reenter, load the test.sgml, and once 
> again the menus
> > don't appear.
> Now note this mode line. It probably doesn't have "sgml" in it.
> > So. The menus only seem to load in the current session, and I have
> > NO idea why. Any help would be appreciated. Oh, i'm a single user on
> > a win98se pc.
> You may need to add a line to auto-mode-alist in your _emacs. It could
> be that something in your byte-compiling session set that, but it
> isn't getting set in your second session.
> Also do "^h m" (help mode). If the name of the mode is correct, then
> you just have a menu problem; I don't know what that might be.
> Also note that you can use the file name ".emacs" instead of "_emacs".
> No need to give in to Bill Gates completely :).
> -- 
> -- Stephe

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