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Debugging is a methodical process of finding and reducing the number of bugs, or defects, in a computer program.

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Newsticker failure: (wrong-type-argument listp \.\.\.)

Suddenly newsticker is failing to load. I get the following stack trace on error. I have made no recent upgrades. Debugger entered: Lisp error: (wrong-type-argument listp \.\.\.) newsticker--stat-num-...
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Why am I getting `max-specpdl-size` error on one markdown file when opening via projectile but not dired?

I am getting a max-specdl-size error on only one .markdown file. I have increased the size via (setq max-specpdl-size 50000) to test, and I still get the error. This does not happen on any other ....
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Debugging with dap-mode for python and taking user input

I am trying to make dap-mode for python working on spacemacs. For the most part I was able to get it working, but I am having issues taking in input on the CLI def main(): a = input(">") The ...
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Don't restore previous window configuration on debugger commands

When using the emacs lisp debugger, if I invoke it change the window configuration invoke it again (most likely by hitting a breakpoint through the d command) my changed window configuration ...
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Segmentation Fault with Desktop Save Mode (emacs 26.3.50)

When I try to run emacs 26.3.50 (built from source), it gives me the following warning: "Warning: desktop file appears to be in use by PID .... Using it may cause conflicts. Use it anyway? (y or n)". ...
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How to use `next-error` and `previous-error` without the compilation buffer visible

I want to be able to use grep to find matching lines and to be able to jump through them using next-error and previous-error however I don't feel the need to have the match list on screen and it takes ...
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Wrong type argument: arrayp, nil in X mode

I'm getting a strange error on Emacs 27. Only in GUI mode (not in terminal mode), typing / to open the Evil search functionality results in the error wrong type argument: arrayp, nil being displayed ...
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How to get a stack trace for “Eager macro-expansion failure:”

On startup I'm getting this message: Eager macro-expansion failure: (wrong-number-of-arguments (3 . 3) 2) How can I find whats causing the warning? --debug-init doesn't do anything in this case as ...
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How to make gdb mode send proper filename to gdbserver? Running gdb from pure terminal works

I am trying to debug an application on a remote environment. Ofcourse running Tramp over gdb works as in https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/tramp/Remote-processes.html, but you miss ...
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Tools to develop and debug ELISP code

I have some experience in Emacs-LISP. Today I spent 6 hours writing LISP code that I guess-timate would have taken 1h30 to write in Python because my workflow to develop and debug is very clunky. In ...
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Line of error in Emacs Regression Test (ERT) framework

I am refactoring some code and adding doc-tests as suggested here. The previous iteration passed the tests. Now running ERT in batch mode with eemacs -batch -l ert -l org-clock-split.el -f ert-run-...
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CIDER inspector unable to refresh a modified atom

With the CIDER inspector I'm able to view the contents of an atom. I can do C-u C-u C-c M-i and input the atom with an @ prefix and the value displays correctly. Now, if I keep the inspector window ...
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Conditional CIDER breakpoint not working in recursive functions

I'm using CIDER for Clojure programming. I've been playing around with the CIDER debugger lately. I wanted to use the conditional breakpoint facility with some simple recursive function, such as ...
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Can emacs show formatted backtraces?

When getting an Elisp error and trying to debug the problem, the backtrace buffer is quite hard to read with its long lines. Is there a way to get a pretty-printed backtrace buffer?
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How to resolve TRAMP spamming empty messages

Connecting to a remote machine with tramp that may have VC (subversion) related files, I tend to see a large number of repeated messages in the *Messages* buffer. For example: Type "q" in help ...
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emacs-jupyter debugging and realgud

emacs-jupyter supports pdb by displaying the pdb prompt in a minibuffer. I have a feeling that I should be able to connect to it with realgud:pdb, similarly to how I can realgud:track-mode-enable in ...
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Org Mode Clock-In Task Showing Void Function Definition

When trying to clock in a task in org mode I am getting this error: Troubleshooting so far: tried erasing .elc files from elpa org directory and re-loading. Tried updating org mode. Update failed (...
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Why does Emacs not enter the debugger when popping a cons twice?

I wrote some LISP code that was wrong because I was trying to pop a cons twice: (let ((pair '("a" . "b"))) (let* ((a (pop pair)) (b (pop pair))) b)) Evaluating this in the *scratch* ...
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.emacs showing error “Wrong type argument: listp, closed” during start up

I am getting an error Wrong type argument: listp, closed while starting my Emacs. I tried to debug each line and do a M-x eval-buffer during configuration. At at time, it was showing only End of line ...
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Debugger entered--Lisp error: (invalid-read-syntax “)”) read(#<buffer *load*>)

Launch Emacs using runemacs --debug-init and the following error occurred. any idea on how to locate the file/script of the error or how to fix it? Thanks in advance. Debugger entered--Lisp error: (...
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ac-php “Wrong type argument: hash-table-p, nil” when calling company-complete

I'm using emacs 27 compiled from git sources and company for code completion. I tried to set-up ac-php with company and php-mode, but when company tries tp perform auto-complete, I get the following ...
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How to edit code in the source window using realgud?

I've started using realgud:pdb for python debugging in emacs: https://github.com/realgud/realgud When you begin a realgud session, it opens a command window and a source window. Keys like 'n' and 'b'...
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How do I reset minibuffer when it seems to act like a regular buffer?

Occasionally the minibuffer acts somewhat like a "regular" buffer. By that I mean that when I type C-x o my cursor jumps to that buffer and then waits for me to type something. But I can't write ...
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Error in custom eshell function (exit and close window)

I got the below function from an article on howardism.org. Its purpose is to exit eshell and close the corresponding window. ;; GNU Emacs 26.3 (build 1, x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.24.10) of ...
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Melpa - 'Failed to download melpa'

I am on a fresh install of emacs 26.3, and I have the following in my init.el: (require 'package) (add-to-list 'package-archives '("melpa", "http://melpa.org/packages/") t) (package-...
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How to trace the evaluation of all forms in the body of an Elisp function

When working with bash scripts, when something is not behaving the way you want it to, you can add a set -x and the next time you run the script you can see the methods and the sub methods being ...
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How to eliminate emacs -Q startup lag

I'm trying out emacs. With no .emacs file and starting emacs 26.1 with emacs -Q on Debian 10, it takes two seconds for the welcome screen to show up. Before the welcome screen, there is a message "...
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How to enable Backtrace?

I'm following the tutorial's "Making error": reproduced in the screenshot below. The manufactured error does not open the Backtrace window as it should. The same page says "It is possible to prevent ...
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sudden let-alist feature failure

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/...
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How to debug C++ (dap-mode + LLDB or GDB)

I want to use dap-mode to debug a C++ code. Until now I followed instructions dap-mode (LLDB) and lldb-vscode. I further enabled the mode and UI via (dap-mode 1) (dap-ui-mode 1) When I execute dap-...
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eval-expression on (setq helm-debug t) does not change describe-variable output

I'm running this version of Emacs: GNU Emacs 26.3 (build 2, x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.24.11) of 2019-09-23, modified by Debian Installed on Ubuntu 19.10 via apt, and not built from source. ...
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Error running timer ‘ac-update-greedy’: (void-variable org-link-types)

I very recently updated to Emacs 26.3 and Org 9.2.6, and am getting the above-mentioned error whenever I type "[[" in an org-mode buffer to type a hyperlink. Unsurprisingly, no error after turning off ...
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Installing helm-projectile results in “mapc: Lisp nesting exceeds ‘max-lisp-eval-depth’”

Context Linux Mageia 7. Emacs 26.3 (vanilla install). Problem Reproducible steps: (Re)Move the content of ~/.emacs.d/elpa. Start emacs with no configuration (emacs -Q). In the *scratch* buffer, ...
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how to prevent debugger from taking focus when you evalute lisp expresison with errors

How to reproduce: write some faulty elisp code press C-x C-e for eval-last-sexp the debugger will appear (*backtrace* window) and take the focus of the cursor. I'd like the focus to remain with ...
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Debugger breaks with Args out of range: “”, 0

When forge is installed on a system with no compiler, I sometimes get this error which breaks magit. I'd like to figure out the traceback for this error so I can add some proper error handling, ...
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How can I make emacsclient use an existing window in the current frame?

I'm on MS Windows, if that makes a difference. My desired behavior: There is only one frame visible at any time. Visiting a file should use an existing window in that frame. (This is the default ...
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list-packages has become very slow [duplicate]

After upgrading emacs from 24.4 to 26.3 on Windows, everything works fine except for one thing: the list-packages window has become horribly slow. Like, the cursor moves one second after the keystroke....
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Problem with giving inputs to a function programmatically

Some programs take user inputs, for example by calling the interactive function `sunrise-sunset', two arguments are taken from the user. Assume that the inputs are 0.0098 and 51.4934 (these are ...
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Unable to run nov-mode on Windows

disclaimer: I'm still relatively new to Emacs. When I open an Epub on MS Windows, Emacs opens it using Zip-Archive mode and displays its content (which is normal afaik). However, when I start nov-...
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Non-hex digit used for Unicode escape error when setting org-latex-classes

When I try to set org-latex-classes with the following code: (setq org-latex-classes '(("article" " \\documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{article} \usepackage{xeCJK} %\usepackage[heading]{...
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How to check whether an optional param was input?

I have a command with an optional argument whose value is a number. I need: If no input argument then use default value (1000) else use input arg. (random t) (defun insert-random-number-at-point(&...
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Scripted bookmark jump not working after startup

Add the following to .spacemacs: (defun my-bookmark-set (char) (interactive "cPlease enter a bookmark name to set: ") (bookmark-set (char-to-string char))) (defun my-...
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Unsure what to make of the following Emacs prompt to change my init file

Every time I open emacs, I get the following error; emacs is working fine, but not giving me the initial help screen: An error has occurred while loading `/Users/thorkamphefner/.emacs.d/init.el': ...
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Impossible to answer y-or-n-p prompt in EXWM if X window is focussed

When a y-or-n-p question (e.g. The file you want to open is very large. Really want to open it?) pops up in the minibuffer while an EXWM buffer is focussed, I have no option to answer the question (...
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How to use edebug on a function

I am trying to debug a problem with the alert.el package using edebug. However, I am unable to step through the alert function. I expect the debugger to enter the function and allow me to step ...
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Help? - Freeze up to 10 seconds happening on windows when exiting (kill-emacs) when desktop-save-mode and back-button-mode are enabled

I've spent a full working day trying to somehow resolve this, no luck, so I'm turning to this place hoping for help. Recently I started experiencing freeze of something like up to 10 seconds when ...
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Making resize-mini-windows buffer-local while locally let-bound

Upon striking C-x s (save-some-buffers) or C-x C-c, it report errorsin mini-buffer Making resize-mini-windows buffer-local while locally let-bound. Search the above errors but return no helpful ...
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problem with starting emacs via emacsclient

I have no problems starting Emacs from a terminal, while if I start it from the desktop (I have a desktop file containing emacsclient -ca '') Emacs starts with a putt-ugly font (see below a screenshot)...
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I see “Unnecessary call to ‘package-initialize’ in init file” but can't find the call to `package-initialize`

I'm running Emacs from HEAD on Mac OS. I installed emacs-plus using the --HEAD argument with homebrew. I did a whole grep for (package-initialize) in ~/.emacs.d/. The only reference I found to it is ...
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Remove the auto-generated marks from dired buffer

Upon invoking dired with C-x d, it display Five of the files have already been marked automatically , Consult with the manual of operation on files Strik U and * u to remove the mark but failed. ...

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