I'm trying to byte compile predictive mode and I have an issue that I can't solve. If I clone it from the official repo, and make it, I get:

In toplevel form:
predictive-auto-overlay-auto-dict.el:35:1:Error: Symbol’s function definition is void: trie-lexical-binding-p
Makefile:149: recipe for target 'predictive-auto-overlay-auto-dict.elc' failed
make: *** [predictive-auto-overlay-auto-dict.elc] Error 1

If I download the tar ball I face this error:

makeinfo predictive-user-manual.texinfo -o predictive-user-manual.info
make: makeinfo: Command not found
Makefile:154: recipe for target 'predictive-user-manual.info' failed
make: *** [predictive-user-manual.info] Error 127

In both cases it compiles some stuff and eventually fails. I'm quite new to not using package manger, so I might be doing something wrong here though.

  • This seems like missing dependencies. The second will be easier to correct (probably). Depending on your distro, search for the package which provides makeinfo program and install that. In Ubuntu, for example, texi2html seems to provide this program. As for the first one: it assumes that you have installed some ELisp package (in Emacs) that defines variable trie-lexical-binding-p - maybe you have it, but it's a wrong version, or maybe you don't have it it at all... you'd need to look into sources to know for sure.
    – wvxvw
    Commented May 29, 2018 at 14:48
  • The trie package comes with predictive. Your first question sounds like a bug. Report it to the author.
    – nega
    Commented May 29, 2018 at 16:12
  • @wvxvw, thank you for the reply. It's a fresh installation of emacs. I have only installed auctex and that's it. Could that be the problem?
    – Pouya
    Commented May 30, 2018 at 7:42
  • @wvxvw, installing Texi2HTML unfortunately didn't solve the problem.
    – Pouya
    Commented May 30, 2018 at 9:37

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Answering my own question, suggestion by @wvxvw regarding installing texi2html didn't solve the issue. However, after installing texinfo, distribution from tarball compiled. Git distribution still not working.

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