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Re: Several questions on SLIME customizations

From: Robert Thorpe
Subject: Re: Several questions on SLIME customizations
Date: 20 Nov 2006 11:42:14 -0800
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Victor Kryukov wrote:
> Hello list,
> I've a couple emacs customization/elisp questions, which are not very
> closely related, except that they have one unifying theme: making life
> under SLIME better (as I understand it). I would appreciate if you
> could answer at least some of them - and of course, feel free to share
> you strategies to customize SLIME!

Maybe best to ask on comp.lang.lisp, they use it a lot.

> = Redefining TAB. =
> I tried TextMate recently (yes, luckily I live under Mac OS X; no, I
> don't want to start another flame war), and I especially like how it
> treats TAB key - ok, ok, I know that their behaviour is risky because
> it's context-dependent, but vim users somehow manage to accomodate to
> multiple contexts ;).
> Anyway, TAB is too valuable key to spare, as it's very easy to type,
> and in my use case, I never need to use it _alone_: most often during
> editing I need to wrap a bunch of lines into let statement, say, so I
> need to indent a whole region anyway. Hence my strategy was like this:
> (global-set-key "\r" 'newline-and-indent)
> makes Return indent next line automatically, and the following function
> indents the whole defun:
> (defun indent-defun ()
>   (interactive)
>   (let (a b)
>     (beginning-of-defun)
>     (setq a (point))
>     (end-of-defun)
>     (setq b (point))
>     (indent-region a b)))
> After that, we don't need TAB for any indenting purposes, and can
> redefine it to something more useful (we redefined default key binding
> for indent-region, as we don't need it that often):
> (add-hook 'slime-mode-hook
>         (lambda ()
>           (local-set-key "\C-i" 'slime-complete-symbol)
>           (local-set-key "\C-\M-\\" 'indent-defun)))

That's quite a good idea.

> So far so good - pressing TAB auto-completes all known symbols, and
> makes typing code much easier (at least for me). Here is the questions
> I have:
> 1. indent-defun looks terribly ugly for many reasons: a/ it is not LISPish -
> more like a BASIC program directly translated into Lisp;

I wouldn't worry about that.

> I would like
> to write something like
> (defun indent-defun ()
>   (interactive)
>   (indent-region (beginning-of-defun) (end-of-defun)))
> but I don't know which elisp function(s) to use.

The ones you've used are fine.  The reason you are encountering this
problem is because emacs does not record the positions of
beginning-of-defun etc, it discovers them each time.  It may be argued
that this is bad design.

If you want a more functional version of beginning-of-defun you'll have
to write it yourself.  You can do this by wrapping (beginning-of-defun)
(setq a (point)) in a function.

Note, you could also do what you have done by using push-mark but your
way is fine, maybe better.

> b/ it will not work with
> defmacro, or with any other top-level form. I would like to have something
> like (beginning-of-top-level-form) - again, I don't know if such beast
> exists

It doesn't.  The code for this stuff is in /emacs-lisp/lisp.el BTW

> and my elisp skills are too weak yet to program it myself - any
> suggestions?

Beginning-of-defun means that in the most broadest sense, it works with
other forms like defmacro.

> = Renaming buffers =
> I am playing with several lisp implementations - clisp, Allegro CL
> Express and SBCL to be precise. I would like their slime buffers to
> have names like *clisp*, *allegro* and *sbcl* instead of *slime-repl
> sbcl* etc. I tried to rename these buffers:
> (defun sbcl ()
>   (interactive)
>   (setq inferior-lisp-program "/usr/local/bin/sbcl")
>   (slime)
>   (rename-buffer "*sbcl*"))
> but what happens is that buffer is renamed _before_ slime finishes
> loading lisp, and after it finish, it renames the buffer back. Can I
> attach a function to the moment when slime finish it's load process -
> like defining hook for a major mode?

Probably, don't know.  Code like the above very rarely works.  Normally
when a big internal Emacs feature is invoked it makes it's own buffers.
 People on comp.lang.lisp might know the right hook.

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