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bug#9044: 24.0.50; File mode specification error: (error "Malformed -*-

From: Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen
Subject: bug#9044: 24.0.50; File mode specification error: (error "Malformed -*- line")
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 05:24:45 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110018 (No Gnus v0.18) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Glenn Morris <address@hidden> writes:

> Yes; it has no relation to imagemagick and occurs in 23.3 too. The tiff
> file is a single line and happens to contain "-*-" at one point. Emacs
> tries to parse this as a file local variables section and fails, so it
> complains. It's just a harmless message that you can ignore, it does not
> affect anything. I'm not sure that it's worth trying to do anything
> about this.

Well, it would make sense to have the "-*-" parser try to be a bit more
intelligent, wouldn't it?  But I don't really have a good idea what to

Having Emacs error totally out and refuse to show the image sounds like
a bad idea, though.

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