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Re: Can't set debug-on-error to nil

From: Tim X
Subject: Re: Can't set debug-on-error to nil
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 18:35:04 +1000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

Yevgeniy Makarov <address@hidden> writes:

> Hello,
> In my Emacs sessions, the variable debug-on-error is always t, so
> every error pops a buffer with "Debugger entered--Lisp error", etc. I
> found the following:
> * M-x describe-variable debug-on-error says that its value is nil, but
> M-: debug-on-error prints t
> * This happens even if I start Emacs with -Q option
> * I tried putting (setq debug-on-error nil) in the beginning and in
> the end of .emacs, as well as customizing the variable to nil (there
> is an entry '(debug-on-error nil) in custom-set-variables), but it did
> not help.
> * There is nothing about debug in my .Xdefaults
> So where is it set to t, and how can I set it to nil?
> I have GNU Emacs of 2008-01-25 on Linux.
> Thank you,
> Evgeny

It has to be something local. However, I note that your version is VERY
old given we are talking about CVS versions and from memory, there was a
fair amount of instability in the CVS version early in the year. 

My advice would be to grab an updated CVS snapshot and re-build. the
problem may be due to a bug that has long since been fixed (though I
don't remember anything like that and I tend to update at least
weekly). When using CVS versions, you really want to stay fairly close
to the head.


tcross (at) rapttech dot com dot au

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