When using js-mode (or js2-mode) on Emacs 25.1 (in Debian 9) to edit some large files, any attempt to insert text after some "random" point in the file fails with an elisp stack trace:

Debugger entered--Lisp error: (wrong-type-argument stringp nil)
  c-literal-limits(nil nil t)
  call-interactively(c-context-line-break nil nil)

Why and how can it be fixed?


It turned out that my personal config (and those of the people I tested this with) manually bound C-m to c-context-line-break in js-mode. So the right answer is to not do this (and leave it as newline-and-indent.) Silly me.

Original "workaround":

The looking-at(nil) gave a pretty good hint that this was a cc-mode regex left unset by js-mode and js2-mode. An Edebug session quickly showed that the culprit was c-block-comment-start-regexp.

So, to fix it, I just defined that variable in a hook in ~/.emacs. For example, for js-mode:

(add-hook 'js-mode-hook (lambda () (setq c-block-comment-start-regexp "/\\*")))
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    Arguably, the bug is that js-mode uses c-context-line-break even tho it's not a "cc-mode". – Stefan Feb 18 '18 at 0:05
  • This might be worth reporting to maintainers of js-mode. – user12563 Feb 18 '18 at 14:56
  • @DoMiNeLa10: Good point. I've sent the maintainer a note. – Brad Spencer Feb 18 '18 at 17:45
  • Ha, and guess what. It turns out that it's my configuration (and those of everyone else I had try this out, by chance) that binds C-m to c-context-line-break! Oops. Well, I guess I'll fix this the right way by not doing that. – Brad Spencer Feb 18 '18 at 17:48

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