This morning, I wake up and restart my Emacs.app (26.3 GNU Emacs but the emacsformacosx.com version, from brew cask) and get stuck at this:

Eager macro-expansion failure: (error "Loading file /Users/erik/.emacs.d/elpa/let-alist-1.0.6/let-alist.elc failed to provide feature ‘let-alist’") [2 times]

The built-in version of let-alist was 1.0.5, upgraded to 1.0.6, to no avail.

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    Have a look into /Users/erik/.emacs.d/elpa/let-alist-1.0.6/let-alist.el. Is there a (provide 'let-alist) somewhere at the end of the file? If that is the case byte compile that file (see the menu items for byte compilation in the Elisp menu).
    – Tobias
    Nov 1, 2019 at 10:25
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    This sounds a lot like stackoverflow.com/questions/58565782/…
    – phils
    Nov 1, 2019 at 10:43

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Looks like somehow during an Emacs.app upgrade via brew cask (or possibly for other reasons), the let-alist providing source file at ~/.emacs.d/elpa/let-alist-1.0.6/let-alist.el ended up as empty.

I fixed the issue by restoring its original/expected contents from http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/emacs.git/tree/lisp/emacs-lisp/let-alist.el and restarting Emacs.

Thank you @Tobias, for pointing out the obvious — to start by looking up what's inside let-alist.el. :)

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    You should run M-x package-install-file on let-alist.el regardless of the apparent full functionality of the package. That corrects stuff like autoloads and so on.
    – Tobias
    Nov 13, 2019 at 13:31
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    FWIW, you can use M-x package-reinstall to reinstall the package, if your Emacs isn't functional, you can do it with Emacs -Q.
    – xuchunyang
    Nov 13, 2019 at 14:00
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    @xuchunyang Do not do that if you have already downloaded the file. package-reinstall deletes the package before installing it again. I for myself had a problem with downloads under WSL and had to download the stuff under Windows to install it in WSL. Only package-install-file works under such circumstances.
    – Tobias
    Nov 13, 2019 at 14:13
  • yes, sorry, just saw and deleted my comment. Nov 14, 2019 at 11:11

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