In this example, the message isn't shown, but it's still logged (message-log-max is ignored).

(let ((inhibit-message t)
      (message-log-max nil))

The text Showing all blocks ... done is shown in the *Messages* buffer.

However, this overrides message-log-max as expected.

(let ((inhibit-message t)
      (message-log-max-orig message-log-max))
  (setq message-log-max nil)
  (setq message-log-max message-log-max-orig))

Why isn't the first example working? I've found let-binding message-log-max works in other contexts.

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(You can just replace your (hs-minor-mode) to show the same effect, BTW.)

You're getting fooled by the echoing of the result of evaluation provided by a command such as C-x C-e or M-:.

Calls to message etc. within the let are NOT logged. But if you use something like C-x C-e to evaluate your code then that command echoes the result of evaluating, and that echoing happens after the let.

In your second example, what gets echoed by C-x C-e is the result of evaluating the last sexp in the let, which is the second setq, which produces a numeric result (probably 1000). That is, for the second example, you see 1000 logged, but not your message -- because the call to message (or hs-minor-mode) is not the last thing evaluated, so the message isn't returned as a result and isn't echoed by C-x C-e.

  • Note sure about C-x C-e or M-: - this is running from a (add-hook 'after-change-major-mode-hook (lambda () ... )) (from my init file).
    – ideasman42
    Commented Jan 31, 2022 at 5:55
  • Are you sure what you think is happening is happening? What happens if you add another sexp after your call to hs-minor-mode' in your first snippet? E.g. M-: (let ((inhibit-message t) (message-log-max nil)) (message "AA") 42)` shows only 42 in *Messages*, as that's the result of evaluating.
    – Drew
    Commented Jan 31, 2022 at 14:54
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    (BTW, it's generally better to use named, not anonymous, functions in hooks.)
    – Drew
    Commented Jan 31, 2022 at 14:55

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