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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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Recentf doesn't remember all files

I have the following problem with recentf. If I open a file from commandline like emacs myfile the file myfile doesn't appear in the list of recently opened files (I also checked directly the file ....
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After `M-x pdb` switch to `compilation-mode` automatically?

M-x pdb is great while debugging. When the python process exits though, often there is a traceback left behind in the gud buffer that I'd like to view using compilation-mode so I can use next-error ...
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A possible incompatibility between `toggle-frame-maximized` and a mode using `visual-line-mode`

I have (toggle-frame-maximized) in my init file. If I enable the ospl-mode (btw very handy mode) given in the answer https://emacs.stackexchange.com/a/473/, then I minimize the frame, Emacs (GNU Emacs ...
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Debugging slowness in init file (not hostname related)

I am seeing some slowness in my init file loading: $ time emacs --debug-init -eval '(kill-emacs)' -Q real 0m0.672s user 0m0.338s sys 0m0.057s $ time emacs --debug-init --eval '(kill-emacs)...
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Debugging open file handles in emacs

Is there a way I can find what file handles emacs has open, and close these references? Or even better, find where they are being open? Emacs is keeping handles to a large number of files (a leak) ...
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Can't exit Emacs with error “End of file during parsing”

Every time I press c-x c-c to exit Emacs, it shows "End of file during parsing" in the minibuffer. I cursorily examined my .emacs and did not find any mismatching parenthesis. Any idea what's the ...
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How do I debug an emacs crash?

I am debugging why emacs crashes when using a function from a package1. The aim of this debug process is to get useful data to submit using M-x report-emacs-bug. To get help on how to debug emacs ...
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Debugging a “Warning (bytecomp): reference to free variable” message

I just upgraded to a new bleeding edge version of Emacs in OS X: brew install emacs --HEAD --use-git-head --with-cocoa --with-gnutls --with-rsvg --with-imagemagick I understand that this version is ...
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how to get Emacs to locate the error in my init file without relaunching?

When there's an error in one of my init files, I get a vague message like this when I launch Emacs: Warning (initialization): An error occurred while loading /Users/im/.emacs.d/init.elc: (wrong-type-...
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“symbol's function definition is void: -dotimes” Error

I'm trying to use the following function (extracted from the amazing emacs-prelude configuration) (defun prelude-duplicate-current-line-or-region (arg) "Duplicates the current line or region ARG ...
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Edebug orgmode source code blocks with input variables

What is the standard method to debug emacs-lisp orgmode source code blocks with input variables as header arguments? I found the hacky solution to insert the following snipped in front of a source ...
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“Symbol's function definition is void: org-agenda-skip-scheduled-if-done”

I've recently started using Org-mode, and when I last restarted Emacs, I got the error message Symbol's function definition is void: org-agenda-skip-scheduled-if-done. Upon opening Emacs again using --...
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How can I debug random Emacs server crashes?

I generally have a long-running instance of emacs --daemon, which I connect to with various emacsclients. Recently I have started experiencing random crashes. I say "random" because I haven't been ...
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How to find out where a function is called from (backtrace/stacktrace)?

I've hit a problem that region is deactivated (in transient-mark-mode). The function deactivate-mark is called and I would like to find out where (and why) it is called from. I tried M-x debug-on-...
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c-indent-line-or-region: Variable binding depth exceeds max-specpdl-size

I'm trying to define a new major mode using define-generic-mode and want to try reusing c-indent-line-or-region for my indent-line-function. I've inserted (set (make-local-variable 'indent-line-...
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How can I determine which package is adding .emacs.d to my load-path?

I have a bunch of packages installed. One of them is adding ~/.emacs.d to my load-path, which Emacs is (unsurprisingly) complaining about. I could be incorrect here, but: Attempting to bisect my ...
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debug-ignored-errors --> suppress an annoying error/false-positives

In my emacs, i have set (debug-on-error t) to see the error's stacktrace. It is very helpful but for mundane errors, it becomes annoying... One such error is, Debugger entered--Lisp error: (error "...
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Is it possible to get stack trace of currently running code? Or profile? Or how do you diagnose „hangs”

I look for ideas, how to diagnose reason of Emacs freezes (by which I mean taking 100% CPU and being irresponsive for some time). This question is not about any specific case¹ but about approach… Is ...
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Debugging and setting breakpoints in Java code built with Gradle

I am using Emacs (v24.4) for writing Java applications. I have created a Java library that I am building using Gradle (v2.2) and testing with Spock Framework where I have all my test cases. I would ...
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wildcard expansion in buffer

I'm debugging with pdb in emacs and one of the parameters to the program I'm debugging is a list of regular expressions wrapped in quotes. Basically, pdb someProgram.py 'regex .* .*' from the ...
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How can I debug my init file using information from --debug-init? [closed]

I have my emacs setup as an alias in the bashrc as alias="emacsclient -t -s server alternate-editor=" in case this helps. The emacs version is 24.4.1 and AUCTeX is compiled from the git repo and was ...
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What completion modes am I using?

I do not curate my .emacs and packages very effectively. Right now I have an issue where, when working in the Ruby, I type def[space] and then magically two end lines appear. Obviously I have managed ...
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How to visit file containing source code for a given function?

To open a buffer on the source code for a command definition, I usually follow a convoluted procedure something like this: Guess the name of the mode from the function name Guess the name of an elisp ...
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How to debug the “message” function on entry ?

While debugging a minor mode (separate issue), I wanted to generate a stack trace of the message function so I thought I would just enter M-x debug-on-entry RET message I was quite surprised to see ...
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How can I delete all the gdb related windows/buffers after `q` in gdb CLI window

I use (setq gdb-many-windows t) and (setq gdb-show-main t) configurations in my init.el, so after executing M-x gdb, there will be six windows in the frame, after typing q in the main gdb cli window ...
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Show line number on error

Say that emacs throws some error that I don't understand. Or maybe the error says "Symbol's value as variable is void: modes", but there are many occurrences of the symbol modes in my code, so I need ...
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Unable to get backtrace for error

I have installed paredit & need to turnoff smartparens. I checked this answer and I have added (advice-add #'smartparens-mode :before-until (lambda (&rest args) t)) to my prelude starter ...
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Emacs typing backwards

So, sometimes when I go into a buffer that has a [ as the first character (such as .ini files) emacs suddenly starts typing everything backwards. In other words, if I press the keys y e s I get out s ...
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move-beginning-of-line broken in comint mode

After a while running emacs (typically days) all comint buffers start to behave strangely (shell, python, SQL). The ones I have already opened and the new ones that I open. When I am after prompt, C-...
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restclient errors “failed with code 111”

When I run GET http://localhost/ with restclient.el, I get the following error in the *Messages* buffer: GET http://localhost:80/] Contacting host: localhost:80 error in process sentinel: restclient-...
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Debugging a “binding stack not balanced” bug?

I'm trying to figure out how to approach a bug I've run into. I assume it's actually a bug in Emacs, but I don't know the right way to make headway with it. In short, I'm getting the message "binding ...
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How to kill a buffer when it causes Emacs to stop responding? [duplicate]

I use Emacs Dired to manage files. Accidentally, I hit Enter on an image file, Emacs tries to open the image and stop response. Is there a way to kill this process? (Since I am running other ...
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Find elisp origin of warning

I ran a command and received a warning in the minibuffer. The exact warning was comint-completion-at-point failed to return valid completion data, after I autocompleted a command in shell-mode. How ...
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How to compile emacs with debug symbols?

I'm having trouble walking through emacs source code in gdb. I think I'm missing debug symbols. Following a suggestion from https://stackoverflow.com/a/4298982/2752242, I tried: ./configure CFLAGS="...
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Interrupt evaluation and observe current stack in the emacs-lisp debugger?

If some emacs-lisp function, such as a major mode hook, is taking longer than expected to execute, I would sometimes like to interrupt it and look at the current stack. Ideally, I'd also like to be ...
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“Error in process sentinel: Selecting deleted buffer” when exiting Emacs?

I am getting the following message when I do C-x C-c to exit Emacs: error in process sentinel: Selecting deleted buffer So instead of exiting Emacs like normal, I am forced to close it through ...
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How to debug errors in sentinels and during font-lock

When an error occurs inside a process sentinel or during font-locking, then Emacs doesn't show a backtrace even though debug-on-error was previously enabled. I understand why these errors are caught, ...
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Why did I get an error message: wrong-type-argument stringp user-init-file

I have (set-register ?E '(file . user-init-file)), so that I can easily jump to my config file. Previously I used a string to specify the path to my init file, but I figured I'd tidy it up a bit. ...
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Scrolling seems to add an unwanted chunk into my kill ring

Anybody know why this may be occurring? Here is an outline of how I recreate the issue... I copy or kill something to my kill ring. I scroll up or down with the mouse. I then yank and get an ...
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Debugging server related warning message

I've been seeing this issue for some time now, but I don't know how to debug it. I start up a emacs instance, using say emacs foo.tex & Then I run C-c C-c to compile. A new window pops open, ...
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Why doesn't auto-complete work in ruby-mode?

I have spent several days trying to debug auto-complete, it is working properly in Elisp mode, but when I go in Ruby mode it stops working. auto-complete-mode runs successfully, but the menu of ...
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How do I make a bug report or feature request against GNU Emacs? [duplicate]

I found this list at the emacswiki: FFI (foreign function interface). Would be great to have this in GNU. Enhanced Numerics. We sorely need this too. Apparently much better multimedia support (Of ...
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Make comint-mode behave more like term-mode

I am constantly getting frustrated with the GDB comint-mode buffer when using GUD. Somehow my cursor always ends up straying from the bottom of the buffer, and then my input is not interpreted how I ...
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How to debug startup problem, if `--debug-init' has no effect

When I launch Emacs24 (in an Ubuntu machine) I get an error message in the init procedure. Warning (initialization): An error occurred while loading `/home/nivaca/.emacs': But when I launch it with ...
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Show breakpoints when debugging Matlab

I am using matlab-emacs to debug a matlab script from inside of emacs with GUD. Everything seems to be working as expected except that I don't see any breakpoint indicators in the fringe. This is ...
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Debugging a frozen Emacs

I am using mew for my e-mail. I need to use TLS with my email provider for SMTP. However, when I try to invoke that, Emacs freezes. I would like to take this opportunity to learn more about Emacs ...
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Using Emacs as a full-featured C/C++ IDE

I have been trying off and on for over a year now to use Emacs as a C/C++ IDE. I have only been marginally successful thus far, but have run into a few brick walls along the way. Currently I am ...
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How to debug Helm

I am having some trouble with helm, so I have set debug-on-error in an effort to locate the problem. Now whenever the problem occurs, the *Backtrace* buffer appears as expected, but I am still in one ...
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“Symbol's value as a variable is void: defun” when reloading .emacs?

I am always editing my .emacs file, and I was just wondering if I could reload it without restarting Emacs? Note: I have tried M-x load-file and choosing the .emacs file, but I get this error ...
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Better debugging of crashing Emacs?

Although Emacs (24.3.93.1) runs fine if launched from the Finder, if the terminal version is launched: /Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Emacs -nw Emacs crashes with: Fatal error 11: ...

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