I am working on adding some functionality to phpunit.el such as selecting from a list of functions found in the current buffer (populated in Helm).

The issue is that I can't get Helm to be populated, even though I can find all the matches and when I dump out the list into the mini-buffer it shows ("test1" "test2" "functionA" "functionB") which is expected.

My code can be found here: https://github.com/eric-hansen/phpunit.el/blob/minor-mode/phpunit.el#L169-190

I've also checked out the multi-term question that was asked on here but didn't help me very much.

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I ran into this problem myself when I was writing a similar function. The problem is that your generating function isn't getting called in the right buffer. (I can't remember which buffer it's actually getting called in--maybe the Helm buffer itself?)

Anyway, the fix is to wrap the generating function in with-helm-current-buffer, like this:

(defun phpunit-helm-get-all-test-candidates ()
    (let ((test-functions '())) 
        (while (search-forward-regexp php-beginning-of-defun-regexp nil t)
          (add-to-list 'test-functions
                       (format "%S" (match-string-no-properties 1)))))
      (message "test-functions found ZOMG: %s" test-functions)
  • I saw that function (with-helm-current-buffer) but couldn't find anything on what it is was for (or I just didn't look enough). I'll give this a whirl and let you know what happens! May 11, 2016 at 16:25
  • Was wondering if you could help me on one more thing... (defvar phpunit-helm-select-test-source '((name . "PHPUnit Tests") (candidates . phpunit-helm-get-all-test-candidates) (action . (lambda (test) (message "Test: %s" test))))) The above shows the actual function name as the only candidate, and even if I wrap it in `() or ,() it still does the same. May 11, 2016 at 16:38
  • Never mind, I got it to work after redoing some stuff. Thanks! I'll mark this as the answer. May 11, 2016 at 16:49
  • So what was the issue? It may be useful for future reference. May 11, 2016 at 20:30

Does it work if you remove the quote for the source?

  • No, sadly. What I'm wondering is if save-excursion might be causing an issue but what I need to do is search the entire buffer. May 11, 2016 at 15:49

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