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Re: sh-mode

From: Michael Slass
Subject: Re: sh-mode
Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 15:33:15 GMT
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.2

sylvain ferriol <> writes:

>i edit which is a bash file
>and i want to put local variables for emacs in the file
>how can i do that???
>for example
>#Local Variables:
>#mode: sh-mode
>but this doesn't work

If all you want to do is set the mode, you can do that on the *second*
line of the file.  From the "Major Modes" node of the emacs manual:

|    You can specify which major mode should be used for editing a certain
| file by a special sort of text in the first nonblank line of the file.
| The mode name should appear in this line both preceded and followed by
| `-*-'.  Other text may appear on the line as well.  For example,
|      ;-*-Lisp-*-
| tells Emacs to use Lisp mode.  Such an explicit specification overrides
| any defaults based on the file name.  Note how the semicolon is used to
| make Lisp treat this line as a comment.
| <snip>
|    When a file's contents begin with `#!', it can serve as an
| executable shell command, which works by running an interpreter named on
| the file's first line.  The rest of the file is used as input to the
| interpreter.
| <snip>
|    When the first line starts with `#!', you cannot (on many systems)
| use the `-*-' feature on the first line, because the system would get
| confused when running the interpreter.  So Emacs looks for `-*-' on the
| second line in such files as well as on the first line.


# -*-sh-*-

Mike Slass

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