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bug#9440: 24.0.50; bad error handling in find-function-C-source-director

From: Alexander Klimov
Subject: bug#9440: 24.0.50; bad error handling in find-function-C-source-directory
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 15:27:10 +0300

How to reproduce:

Make sure that source-directory used to build Emacs does not currently
exist. Run Emacs and try to find implementation of, for example, `eq':

 C-h f eq RET
 C-x o

Now, suppose, you do not know what exactly `Emacs C source dir' means
and thus you enter say, `~/emacs/trunk'. Now you get

 find-function-C-source: The C source file data.c is not available

and guess that the directory should actually be `~/emacs/trunk/src'.
You try to correct the mistake by repeating the process (pressing RET
on `C source code'), but now you are not asked about the directory and
simply get the same error message again.

To avoid the problem, Emacs should check that the directory indeed
contains Emacs C sources. It is also a good idea to try to silently
fix user's mistake by appending "src" to the directory he entered. The
following patch fixes the problem:

=== modified file 'lisp/emacs-lisp/find-func.el'
--- lisp/emacs-lisp/find-func.el        2011-08-21 17:43:31 +0000
+++ lisp/emacs-lisp/find-func.el        2011-09-05 11:59:04 +0000
@@ -181,7 +181,7 @@
     (when (and (file-directory-p dir) (file-readable-p dir))
   "Directory where the C source files of Emacs can be found.
-If nil, do not try to find the source code of functions and variables
+If nil, ask user when he tries to find the source code of functions and 
 defined in C.")

 (declare-function ad-get-advice-info "advice" (function))
@@ -200,7 +200,14 @@
 TYPE should be nil to find a function, or `defvar' to find a variable."
   (unless find-function-C-source-directory
     (setq find-function-C-source-directory
-         (read-directory-name "Emacs C source dir: " nil nil t)))
+          (let ((dir (read-directory-name "Emacs C source dir: " nil nil t)))
+            (if (file-readable-p (expand-file-name "emacs.c" dir))
+                dir
+              ;; otherwise try to add "src"
+              (let ((dir-src (expand-file-name "src" dir)))
+                (if (file-readable-p (expand-file-name "emacs.c" dir-src))
+                    dir-src
+                  (error "%s does not contain Emacs C sources" dir)))))))
   (setq file (expand-file-name file find-function-C-source-directory))
   (unless (file-readable-p file)
     (error "The C source file %s is not available"


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