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I want to have Flycheck syntax checking when I am editing Emacs Lisp code in a literal Org-mode file using babel SRC blocks. (Using Org's editing buffers with C-c ').

However the flycheck-emacs-lisp checker predicate has the following to say:

Ensure that we only check buffers with a backing file. For buffers without a backing file we cannot guarantee that file names in error messages are properly resolved, because `byte-compile-file' emits file names relative to the directory of the checked file instead of the working directory. Hence our backwards-substitution will fail, because the checker process has a different base directory to resolve relative file names than the Flycheck code working on the buffer to check.

So whenever I try to launch the checker I get predicate: nil in flycheck-verify-setup.

This is definitely a drawback in the literate-programming style. Is there a way to work around it so that source blocks can be checked?

  • How about entering editing mode with C-c ' ? – manandearth Sep 28 '18 at 4:46
  • @manandearth That's indeed what I'm doing. I've edited the question to clarify that. – Matthew Piziak Sep 29 '18 at 14:40

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