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;;; flymake-cursor.el --- Show flymake messages in the minibuffer after delay
;; Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
;; Author: Unknown Original Author
;; Dino Chiesa <>
;; Sam Graham <libflymake-emacs BLAHBLAH>
;; Maintainer: Sam Graham <libflymake-emacs BLAHBLAH>
;; URL:
;; origin:,1/raw
;; Version: 1.0.2
;; Keywords: languages mode flymake
;; License: Gnu Public License
;; Package-Requires: ((flymake "0.3"))
;; This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
;; it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
;; the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
;; (at your option) any later version.
;; This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
;; but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
;; GNU General Public License for more details.
;; You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
;; along with this program. If not, see <>.
;;; Commentary:
;; Additional functionality that makes flymake error messages appear
;; in the minibuffer when point is on a line containing a flymake
;; error. This saves having to mouse over the error, which is a
;; keyboard user's annoyance.
;; -------------------------------------------------------
;; This flymake-cursor module displays the flymake error in the
;; minibuffer, after a short delay. It is based on code I found roaming
;; around on the net, unsigned and unattributed. I suppose it's public
;; domain, because, while there is a "License" listed in it, there
;; is no license holder, no one to own the license.
;; This version is modified slightly from that code. The post-command fn
;; defined in this code does not display the message directly. Instead
;; it sets a timer, and when the timer fires, the timer event function
;; displays the message.
;; The reason to do this: the error message is displayed only if the
;; user doesn't do anything, for about one second. This way, if the user
;; scrolls through a buffer and there are myriad errors, the minibuffer
;; is not constantly being updated.
;; If the user moves away from the line with the flymake error message
;; before the timer expires, then no error is displayed in the minibuffer.
;; I've also updated the names of the defuns. They all start with flyc now.
;;; Usage:
;; (require 'flymake-cursor)
;; You can, of course, put that in an eval-after-load clause.
;;; Code:
(eval-when-compile (require 'flymake))
(defgroup flymake-cursor nil
"Show flymake errors for current line in message area."
:group 'tools)
(defcustom flymake-cursor-error-display-delay 0.9
"Delay in seconds to wait before displaying flymake errors for the current line."
:group 'flymake-cursor
:type 'number)
(defcustom flymake-cursor-number-of-errors-to-display 1
"Number of flymake errors to display if there are more than one.
If set to nil, all errors for the line will be displayed.
If there are more errors than can be displayed in the minibuffer, the
first ones will be scrolled off. You will probably want to set this
variable to a value consistent with your `max-mini-window-height'
:group 'flymake-cursor
:type '(choice integer (const nil)))
(defcustom flymake-cursor-auto-enable t
"Whether flymake-cursor should automatically enable itself whenever
flymake is enabled.
If set to t, flymake-cursor will turn on whenever flymake does.
If set to nil, flymake-cursor will need to be manually enabled.
Regardless of this setting, flymake-cursor will always disable
itself automatically when flymake is disabled, to prevent
:group 'flymake-cursor
:type 'boolean)
(defvar flymake-cursor-errors-at-point nil
"Errors at point, after last command")
(defvar flymake-cursor-error-display-timer nil
"A timer; when it fires, it displays the stored error message.")
(define-minor-mode flymake-cursor-mode
"Minor mode to show `flymake-mode' errors for the current line in the
message area.
When called interactively, toggles the minor mode.
With arg, turn Flymake Cursor mode on if and only if arg is positive.
Usually `flymake-cursor-mode' is enabled and disabled automatically with
`flymake-mode' for the current buffer and you will not need to toggle
the mode directly."
:group 'flymake-cursor
;; Turning the mode ON.
(add-hook 'post-command-hook 'flymake-cursor-show-errors-at-point-pretty-soon nil t))
;; Turning the mode OFF.
(remove-hook 'post-command-hook 'flymake-cursor-show-errors-at-point-pretty-soon t))))
(defun flymake-cursor-get-errors-at-point ()
"Gets the first `flymake-cursor-number-of-errors-to-display` flymake errors on the line at point."
(let ((line-err-info-list (nth 0 (flymake-find-err-info flymake-err-info (line-number-at-pos)))))
(if flymake-cursor-number-of-errors-to-display
(butlast line-err-info-list (- (length line-err-info-list) flymake-cursor-number-of-errors-to-display))
(defun flymake-cursor-pyflake-determine-message (error)
"pyflake is flakey if it has compile problems, this adjusts the
message to display, so there is one ;)"
(cond ((not (or (eq major-mode 'Python) (eq major-mode 'python-mode) t)))
((null (flymake-ler-file error))
;; normal message do your thing
(flymake-ler-text error))
(t ;; could not compile error
(format "compile error, problem on line %s" (flymake-ler-line error)))))
(defun flymake-cursor-safe-to-display ()
"Returns t if Flymake Cursor is safe to display to the minibuffer or nil if
something else is using the message area."
;; Don't trash the minibuffer while they're being asked a question.
(not (or (active-minibuffer-window) cursor-in-echo-area)))
(defun flymake-cursor-show-stored-errors-now ()
"Displays the stored error in the minibuffer."
(when flymake-cursor-mode
(when flymake-cursor-errors-at-point
(if (flymake-cursor-safe-to-display)
(message "%s" (mapconcat 'flymake-cursor-pyflake-determine-message flymake-cursor-errors-at-point "\n"))
(defun flymake-cursor-show-errors-at-point-now ()
"If the cursor is sitting on a flymake error, display
the error message in the minibuffer."
(when flymake-cursor-mode
(setq flymake-cursor-errors-at-point (flymake-cursor-get-errors-at-point))
(if flymake-cursor-errors-at-point
;; If something is demanding we display errors immediately, we do
;; want to clear the message area to indicate there's no errors.
;; Otherwise flymake-cursor-after-syntax-check will just keep the
;; old error for the current line if it has been corrected.
(when (flymake-cursor-safe-to-display)
(message nil)))))
(defun flymake-cursor-cancel-error-display-timer ()
"Cancels `flymake-cursor-error-display-timer'."
(when flymake-cursor-error-display-timer
(cancel-timer flymake-cursor-error-display-timer)
(setq flymake-cursor-error-display-timer nil)))
(defun flymake-cursor-show-errors-at-point-pretty-soon ()
"If the cursor is sitting on a flymake error, grab the error,
and set a timer for \"pretty soon\". When the timer fires, the error
message will be displayed in the minibuffer.
The interval before the timer fires can be customized in the variable
This allows a post-command-hook to NOT cause the minibuffer to be
updated 10,000 times as a user scrolls through a buffer
quickly. Only when the user pauses on a line for more than a
second, does the flymake error message (if any) get displayed."
(setq flymake-cursor-errors-at-point (flymake-cursor-get-errors-at-point))
(when flymake-cursor-errors-at-point
(setq flymake-cursor-error-display-timer
(run-at-time flymake-cursor-error-display-delay nil 'flymake-cursor-show-stored-errors-now))))
(defun flymake-cursor-follow-flymake-mode ()
"Hook function to make `flymake-cursor-mode` follow the on/off
status of `flymake-mode'."
(if flymake-mode
(when flymake-cursor-auto-enable (flymake-cursor-mode 1))
(flymake-cursor-mode 0)))
(defun flymake-cursor-after-syntax-check ()
"Run from `flymake-after-syntax-check-hook' to update our errors."
(when (eq (current-buffer) (window-buffer))
(eval-after-load "flymake"
(if (boundp 'flymake-goto-error-hook)
(add-hook 'flymake-goto-error-hook 'flymake-cursor-show-errors-at-point-now)
(defadvice flymake-goto-line (after flymake-cursor-display-message-after-move-to-error activate compile)
"Display the error in the mini-buffer rather than having to mouse over it"
(if (boundp 'flymake-after-syntax-check-hook)
(add-hook 'flymake-after-syntax-check-hook 'flymake-cursor-after-syntax-check)
(defadvice flymake-post-syntax-check (after flymake-cursor-display-message-after-syntax-check activate compile)
"Display the error in the mini-buffer rather than having to mouse over it"
(add-hook 'flymake-mode-hook 'flymake-cursor-follow-flymake-mode)))
(provide 'flymake-cursor)
;;; flymake-cursor.el ends here