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Symbol's function definition is void: package-install-selected-packages

In order to install and remove packages automatically (which is especially useful when using Emacs for the first time on a new computer), I have the following lines in my ~/.emacs: ;; Specify required ...
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"Invalid version list `(4 5 -4 414)'" when running `M-x package-list-packages`

When following a suggestion for solving another problem, I'm doing M-x package-list-packages. However, that gives me the error message Invalid version list `(4 5 -4 414)'. What does this mean, and ...
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How to enable terminal beeping?

xterm conviniently beeps on a failed unit test (pytest): Beeping (start-process "" nil "/usr/bin/xterm" "-e" "python3" "-B" "-m" "...
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How does one fix the Warning (initialization): An error occurred while loading error?

What does this error mean: Warning (initialization): An error occurred while loading ‘/Users/brandomiranda/.emacs’: Wrong number of arguments: (3 . 4), 2 To ensure normal operation, you should ...
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Loading charset map: No such file or directory, JISX0208

Trying to save files I have suddenly started recieving the following error: Loading charset map: No such file or directory, JISX0208 In *Messages* this is reported as: find-coding-systems-region: ...
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Unclear wrong argument

The following expression: (car input-method-function) Give the following message: Wrong type argument: listp, list Why? input-method-function is list.
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Tools for locating and debugging errors

I am getting the following error, but am finding it difficult to locate the problem. Are there any tools for debugging in such instances? Warning (initialization): An error occurred while loading ‘/...
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emacsclient closes immediately on "*ERROR*: Beginning of buffer"

I have an app where I call emacsclient to do some editing on an org file. When it calls it, the frame flashes for an instant, then closes immediately. On stderr, I get the following message: *ERROR*:...
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Error in dired-find-file-place when saving

I've been an Emacs user for 30 years. This week I'm switching to a new machine with Ubuntu 21.10 installed. Now when I save a file, it always errors out with the error message: "Error in dired-...
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Error /bin/bash: line 1: nil: command not found

I have the following code to auto format python code using autopep8: (defcustom python-autopep8-path (executable-find "autopep8") "autopep8 executable path." :group 'python :...
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How to get more specific error message when loading major mode with syntax errors

When I load my custom major mode, Emacs reports an error in the minibuffer about unescaped character literals, but it doesn't say where. I cannot even copy the error message here, since it disappears ...
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Emacs 27: How to jump to backward found word when switched into reverse incremental search?

I am trying to apply following solution(How to jump to backward found word when switched into reverse incremental search?) into Emacs >27.1, (which works in emacs 26.3): (define-advice isearch-...
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New `wrong-number-of-arguments` error from `desktop-change-dir` and other commands

(This has started happening with other commands too, but I don't remember which.) Previously when I ran M-x desktop-change-dir I would be prompted to enter a folder, whereupon Emacs would load the ....
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Scan error: "Unbalanced parentheses" in fresh emacs installations, without config files

When I start emacs and run M-x up-list in the initial buffer (the about Emacs buffer, in fundamental mode) I get Scan error: "Unbalanced parentheses". If I move the mark to the end of the ...
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Emacs error cannot load file counsel

I'm getting this error whenever I try to open Emacs: Debugger entered--Lisp error: (file-missing "Cannot open load file" "No such file or directory" "counsel") require(...
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Emacs -q error "Failed to initialize color list unarchiver"

When I run emacs -q I got the following error (on Mac OS) although emacs window still pops up. Any idea? % /Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Emacs -q 2021-05-10 22:44:57.297 Emacs-x86_64-10_14[...
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Invalid function in font-lock-fontify-keywords-region [duplicate]

Why do I get the error: font-lock-fontify-keywords-region: Invalid function: (concat "\\\\" (regexp-opt (quote ("cs" "hepth" "hepph" "heplat" "...
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Odd graphics issue on Kubuntu

Since moving to Kubuntu 20.04 I have been getting this strange visual tearing in emacs (running in its own window). I find that as I move the point along the line with the tearing, it is corrected. ...
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nov-mode returns binary buffer and "File mode specification error: (error Invalid version syntax: ‘’ (must start with a number))"

When opening an epub file with Nov-mode I get a binary buffer in fundamental mode and an error message File mode specification error: (error Invalid version syntax: ‘’ (must start with a number)). ...
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Error and warning highlighting

I use Emacs to write LISP and Python code. I have tried NetBeans and Eclipse before, which had the advantage of parsing the buffer and highlighting problems, e.g. if one function or symbol is not ...
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Error running timer (wrong-number-of-arguments equals 3)

I am trying to automatically change my Emacs theme according to time set (Thanks to answer provided by Dan). My code looks like this: (setq emacs-curr-theme nil) (setq emacs-light-theme 'faff) (setq ...
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