[ESS] `font-lock-pre-idle-hook': Error message any time I type in xemacs

Rodney Sparapani rsparapa at mcw.edu
Mon Mar 22 23:02:45 CET 2010

On 03/22/10 04:54 PM, Brian Diggs wrote:
> Well, the -q option causes it to not load your init.el. I tried making a
> minimal init.el with only
> (require 'ess-site)
> in it, as per
> http://ess.r-project.org/Manual/readme.html#Microsoft-Windows-installation
> and got the same warnings (staring without the -q or -no-site-file
> option). There must be something in your init.el file that gets ESS
> fonts configured correctly. What do you have in your init.el that is ESS
> related?

It's not coming from init.el.  It is coming from ess-roxy.el.  For 
example, if you edit ess-roxy.el to just contain (provide 'ess-roxy)
then the warning goes away (but you will get a new error that is pretty 
harmless; boy is that progress or what?).  Here is
the function which shows where the error condition comes from...

(defun font-lock-pre-idle-hook ()
   (condition-case font-lock-error
       (if (> (hash-table-count font-lock-pending-buffer-table) 0)
     (error (warn "Error caught in `font-lock-pre-idle-hook': %s"

; called when any modification is made to buffer text.  This function
; remembers the changed ranges until the next redisplay, at which point
; the extents are merged and pruned, and the resulting ranges fontified.
; This function could easily be adapted to other after-change-functions.

I have never even heard of this function before so something must be
going wrong at a fairly early level in the fontlocking process.


More information about the ESS-help mailing list