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[h-e-w] Re: ange-ftp not working this AM

From: Jeff Rancier
Subject: [h-e-w] Re: ange-ftp not working this AM
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 14:14:04 -0400

I think I've found it after about 6 hours of commenting/uncommenting my
.emacs.  I did a install from the internet update for my cygwin tools, and
*apparently* Cygwin thought I needed a different version of ftp.  So,
ange-ftp was breaking due to the following line:

(setq exec-path (cons "h:/usr/pkg/cygwin/bin" exec-path))

Perhaps, if I added the cygwin path somehow to the end of list instead at
the beginning?  I guess I should also be curious as to why this is failing,
and if there is a better solution than using a binary search method of
commenting out half my .emacs,  test, and do it again.

Is gdb.exe what I should use to debug elisp, in particular my .emacs?  I've
tried runemacs.exe --debug-init, but when it fails, the information in the
backtrace, is pretty much unusable to me.  Is there way to
have --debug-init, step through my .emacs, alerting me to the problem, in a
*run* or *trace* mode?


"Jeff Rancier" <address@hidden> wrote in message
> Hello All,
> A strange thing happened this morning.  I started NTEmacs (21.2.1 on
> XP), and when I trying to use ange-ftp to visit a file, emacs sits
> *indefinitely* (I let it set for about 10 minutes).  I can stop it with
> and upon inspecting the *Messages* buffer, I see that NTEmacs *appears* to
> be stuck in the function:
> ange-ftp-start-process.
> (1) 9 out of 10 times, the ange-ftp buffer is zero length, but that one
> shows: get NUL
> (2) I set instrument-function-for-debug on ange-ftp-start-process(), and
> hangs at the end of the function.
> (3) Has anyone experienced this?  My .emacs hasn't changed in several
> and I've used ange-ftp right along.
> (4) I can get ange-ftp to work, by running runemacs.exe -q.
> (5) I've been trying to comment out my .emacs and keep restarting.  Is
> a better way?
> (6) Is there any way to insert a halt command into my .emacs to abort
> reading the initialization file?
> I'm at a loss right now.  Any help would be appreciated.
> --
> Thanks,
> Jeff
> -----------------------------------------------------------------
> Jeffery B. Rancier
> Softechnics, a METTLER TOLEDO company
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