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I'm using this yasnippet:

# -*- mode: snippet -*-
# name : case : {...}
# key: case
# --
`(indent-region (- (point) 20) (+ (point) 20) nil)`case ${2:constexpr}: ${3:\{}
    $0
    break;
${3:$(if (string-match "\{" yas-text) "\}" "")}

I think it's some default, but I'm not sure. Until recently, this snippet worked fine, but now I get a t inserted into my buffer, and I think it comes from (indent-region):

        break;
t      case constexpr: {

          break;
        }
      case

How do I get rid of this t?

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  • What was in the buffer before you expanded the snippet, and how did you expand the snippet? There's nothing in indent-region that would insert a t, unless it's been changed from the normal definition.
    – Tyler
    Feb 23, 2017 at 13:52
  • 4
    Change it to (progn (indent-region ...) nil).
    – politza
    Feb 23, 2017 at 13:59
  • 1
    Thank you politza, that helped. Apparently, there /is/ something in indent-region that would insert a t. Post your comment as an answer and I will happily accept it :)
    – Markus
    Feb 23, 2017 at 14:18
  • 3
    My mistake, the last form of indent-region is (setq deactivate-mark t), and setq does return its value. This is a (relatively) recent change to the function.
    – Tyler
    Feb 23, 2017 at 15:07
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    By the way, you should add # expand-env: ((yas-also-auto-indent-first-line t)) to your snippet instead of trying to indent by side-effect like that.
    – npostavs
    Feb 23, 2017 at 15:55

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The meaning of backquotes in a snippet is to insert the value of the form within the backquotes into the snippet expansion. However, indent-region works by side-effect, and in recent Emacs versions happens to return t. As politza suggested in the comments, you can use (progn (indent-region ...) nil) to drop the return value.

However, this still performs a side effect inside backquotes which will stop being supported in some future version (it triggers a warning in versions 0.11 and higher). In this case, the indentation effect can be written much clearer by binding yas-also-auto-indent-first-line:

# -*- mode: snippet -*-
# name : case : {...}
# key: case
# expand-env: ((yas-also-auto-indent-first-line t))
# --
case ${2:constexpr}:${3: \{}
    $0
    break;
${3:$(if (string-match "\{" yas-text) "\}" "")}

This modification has just been accepted at https://github.com/AndreaCrotti/yasnippet-snippets/pull/176, and will come with the next yasnippet version (0.12), at least for MELPA packages which integrate snippets from that repo. For other examples of avoiding side effects within backquotes, see yasnippet truncates clipboard contents.

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