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bug#4250: marked as done (23.1; bookmark.el should raise reasonable error for empty filename entry)
Mon, 05 Oct 2009 04:35:05 +0000
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--- Begin Message ---
23.1; bookmark.el should raise reasonable error for empty filename entry
Mon, 24 Aug 2009 15:14:50 -0700
I have code that allows for bookmarks that have no filename, that is,
where the `filename' entry in `bookmark-alist' is `(filename)'.
It would be ideal and most reasonable if vanilla Emacs simply ignored
such a bookmark - tolerance. More generally, it would be great if it would
tolerate any bookmark in `bookmark-alist' that it doesn't recognize.
If that is not something you agree about, then at least it should
raise a reasonable error - not just "wrong-type-arg stringp, nil",
whenever a "malformed" bookmark is encountered.
The code in `bookmark-default-handler' is an example of the problem.
The local variable `file' is bound to (bookmark-get-filename bmk) -
which returns nil if there is no `filename' entry or the `filename'
entry is `(filename)'.
The code then simply calls (file-exists-p nil), via
(bookmark-file-or-variation-thereof nil), raising the wrong-type-arg
In the alternative `if' branch, the code calls (find-file-noselect
nil), which has the same problem.
In general, it would be great if places where `bookmark-get-filename'
is called tested the result and treated nil by raising a
As I said, it would be even better if the bookmark.el code could be
made tolerant of any bookmark whose format it does not
bookmark.el already allows for applications and users to add new,
addtional entries. The problem is that it doesn't allow for
unexpected forms of the entries it predefines. It would be nice if it
were tolerant, and simply ignored any such bookmark (no error).
In GNU Emacs 23.1.1 (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600)
of 2009-07-29 on SOFT-MJASON
Windowing system distributor `Microsoft Corp.', version 5.1.2600
configured using `configure --with-gcc (4.4)'
--- End Message ---
--- Begin Message ---
Fix "bookmark.el should raise reasonable error for empty filename entry"
Mon, 05 Oct 2009 00:26:53 -0400
I think this is fixed now, though I'm not positive it was broken in the
first place. I've made `bookmark-default-handler' raise a catchable
error on entries that have no filename.
But in general, if you're defining your own types of bookmarks, you
should be defining custom handlers for them. So when you say "I have
code that allows for bookmarks that have no filename", I'm curious to
see that code. It's impossible, in the general case, for bookmark.el to
tolerate all entries it does not recognize -- a sufficiently bizarre
entry might not even have discernable boundaries, for example. We must
depend on custom handlers to handle custom data.
Anyway, here's the commit:
$ cvs ci -F msg lisp/bookmark.el lisp/ChangeLog
/sources/emacs/emacs/lisp/bookmark.el,v <-- lisp/bookmark.el
new revision: 1.131; previous revision: 1.130
/sources/emacs/emacs/lisp/ChangeLog,v <-- lisp/ChangeLog
new revision: 1.16357; previous revision: 1.16356
Mailing notification to address@hidden sent.
And this is the log message, so you can get an idea of what I did:
(bookmark-handle-bookmark): If bookmark has no file,
don't do anything related to relocating, just return nil.
(bookmark-error-no-filename): New error.
(bookmark-default-handler): Signal `bookmark-error-no-filename' if
bookmark has no file. Don't even attempt to handle things that
are not files; the whole point of custom handlers is to keep that
knowledge elsewhere anyway. Tighten some comments.
(bookmark-file-or-variation-thereof): Remove now-unused function.
(bookmark-location): Doc string fix.
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