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;;; flymake-cursor.el --- displays flymake error msg in minibuffer after delay
;; Author : ??
;; origin :,1/raw
;; Maintainer : Dino Chiesa <>
;; Created : May 2011
;; Modified : May 2011
;; Version : 0.1.1
;; Keywords : languages mode flymake
;; X-URL :
;; Last-saved : <2011-May-09 16:35:59>
;; -------------------------------------------------------
;; License: None. This code is in the Public Domain.
;; 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.
;; To use this, include this line in your .emacs:
;; ;; enhancements for displaying flymake errors
;; (require 'flymake-cursor)
;; You can, of course, put that in an eval-after-load clause.
(defvar flyc--e-at-point nil
"Error at point, after last command")
(defvar flyc--e-display-timer nil
"A timer; when it fires, it displays the stored error message.")
(defun flyc/maybe-fixup-message (errore)
"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 errore))
;; normal message do your thing
(flymake-ler-text errore))
(t ;; could not compile error
(format "compile error, problem on line %s" (flymake-ler-line errore)))))
(defun flyc/show-stored-error-now ()
"Displays the stored error in the minibuffer."
(if flyc--e-at-point
(message "%s" (flyc/maybe-fixup-message flyc--e-at-point))
(setq flyc--e-display-timer nil))))
(defun flyc/-get-error-at-point ()
"Gets the first flymake error on the line at point."
(let ((line-no (line-number-at-pos))
(dolist (elem flymake-err-info)
(if (eq (car elem) line-no)
(setq flyc-e (car (second elem)))))
(defun flyc/show-fly-error-at-point-now ()
"If the cursor is sitting on a flymake error, display
the error message in the minibuffer."
(if flyc--e-display-timer
(cancel-timer flyc--e-display-timer)
(setq flyc--e-display-timer nil)))
(let ((error-at-point (flyc/-get-error-at-point)))
(if error-at-point
(setq flyc--e-at-point error-at-point)
(defun flyc/show-fly-error-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.
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.
(if flyc--e-display-timer
(cancel-timer flyc--e-display-timer))
(let ((error-at-point (flyc/-get-error-at-point)))
(if error-at-point
(setq flyc--e-at-point error-at-point
(run-at-time "0.9 sec" nil 'flyc/show-stored-error-now))
(setq flyc--e-at-point nil
flyc--e-display-timer nil))))
(eval-after-load "flymake"
(defadvice flymake-goto-next-error (after flyc/display-message-1 activate compile)
"Display the error in the mini-buffer rather than having to mouse over it"
(defadvice flymake-goto-prev-error (after flyc/display-message-2 activate compile)
"Display the error in the mini-buffer rather than having to mouse over it"
(defadvice flymake-mode (before flyc/post-command-fn activate compile)
"Add functionality to the post command hook so that if the
cursor is sitting on a flymake error the error information is
displayed in the minibuffer (rather than having to mouse over
(set (make-local-variable 'post-command-hook)
(cons 'flyc/show-fly-error-at-point-pretty-soon post-command-hook)))))
(provide 'flymake-cursor)