Bug in ff-find-other-file of Emacs 22?

I am working on a C++ project which is organized such that source files (*.cc) are in some subdir called, let’s say, project/dir1/, and header files (*.h) in a directory called project/include/. Now Emacs has a function called ff-find-other-file, which is able to switch between header and implementation of C/C++ files. If you take a look at the source of this function, you will find another function called ff-get-file-name, which tries the following: first, it looks for already visited buffers, if they contain the appropriate file. Then it will search a certain set of directories, if they contain the file. Last, it will ask to find or create the file in a user specified directory. However, in my case, although both files are already being visited by buffers, the first test (finding the file in already loaded buffers) fails. Actually the offending piece of code looks like this:


(if (bufferp (get-file-buffer filename))
(setq found (buffer-file-name (get-file-buffer filename))))

The problem is that this always fails, and found will always be nil. The filename constructed is not being expanded, as get-file-buffer demands. However, expanding it is useless, since the exact expansion (absolute path) of the searched file is not exactly known! However, you can rework these lines to just look for a buffer whose name matches the file you are looking for:


(let ((b (find-if (lambda(x) (string= (buffer-name x) filename)) (buffer-list))))
(if b
(setq found (buffer-file-name b))))

Note that this will only do a simple string matching. It might happen that for a certain file foo.cc you have to buffers visiting some foo.h. The function will only find the first one. But in my opinion, there is not simple solution to find the semantically correct header file, anyway. So this is still better than the broken solution in Emacs.

Recursive Makefile for LaTeX

I wanted to make a Makefile for a seminar report. This report contains all the sub-reports of the students. So the Makefile needs to recurse into subdirectories to compile all the contained LaTeX files there. So, given a file reports.tex which will include some PDFs in subdirectories 00/ to 10/, we get a Makefile that looks like this:


#####################################################
# A small LaTeX Makefile
#####################################################

PREFIX=reports

CHAPTERS=00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10

all: subdirs $(PREFIX).pdf

#####################################################

.PHONY: subdirs simple

subdirs:
@for i in $(CHAPTERS); do
(cd $$i; $(MAKE)); done

#####################################################

$(PREFIX).aux: $(PREFIX).tex
pdflatex $(PREFIX).tex

$(PREFIX).pdf: $(PREFIX).aux
pdflatex $(PREFIX).tex

#####################################################

simple:
pdflatex $(PREFIX).tex

#####################################################

clean:
@for i in $(CHAPTERS); do
(cd $$i; $(MAKE) clean); done
rm -f $(PREFIX).aux $(PREFIX).bbl $(PREFIX).blg
$(PREFIX).idx $(PREFIX).log $(PREFIX).out $(PREFIX).tcp
$(PREFIX).toc $(PREFIX).tps $(PREFIX).prf $(PREFIX).lbl
rm -f $(PDFFILES) *.aux

Angry Birds

I have to make some advertisement for a funny little iPhone game: Angry Birds. The idea: green pigs stole some eggs, now the birds are angry! Use those Kamikaze birds as ballistic missiles to destroy the pigs! Nice physics engine. Also available on the N900, and costs only 79 Eurocents. Here’s a shot:

How to duplicate Matlab functionality

Since I am a total Matlab-n00b, I rather write a convoluted Python script instead of using the appropriate Matlab function. And here it is. A small script to compute the standard deviation of two vectors. I guess this would have been one Matlab command.


import sys
import scipy.io
import math

def computeStdDev(file, vec1, vec2):
data = scipy.io.loadmat(file, struct_as_record=True)
vector1 = data[vec1]
vector2 = data[vec2]
if len(vector1) != len(vector2):
print "Error: Vectors do not have matching lengths."
return
diff = vector1
N = len(diff)

for i in range(N):
diff[i] = vector1[i] - vector2[i]

mu = 0
for val in diff:
mu = mu + val
mu = mu / float(N)

sigma = 0
for i in range(N):
sigma = sigma + (diff[i] - mu)**2
sigma = math.sqrt(sigma / float(N))

print "mu: %f" % mu
print "sigma: %f" % sigma

if len(sys.argv) != 4:
print "Usage: %s file vector1 vector2" % sys.argv[0]
sys.exit(0)

computeStdDev(sys.argv[1], sys.argv[2], sys.argv[3])

jabber.org is coughing

The guys over at jabber.org are moving servers, and upgrading their software. However, it does not seem to work well. They mention the need to adjust settings for iChat and Kopete. However my IM+ does not work anymore either, Licq’s pre-alpha jabber Plugin also crashes (however erijo seems to be working on a fix), and Adium also chokes, and will connect only every couple of hours. It seems they should have done a bit more testing before!

Mobile me, Mobile schmu

I am currently trying out Apple’s Mobile Me service, which is free in the first two months. It seems relatively nice, but has some drawbacks. On the plus side, you get 20 GB of storage space, or 40 GB for the family pack. Also you can track your iPhone if you lose it. The mail service is useful, but on the downside: It does not support server side filtering! That’s a great, great bummer. Also it does not seem to support Apple’s notion of filtering, called “intelligent mailboxes”. If that were supported on the server, I would ditch my GMX ProMail account, and switch to using Mobile Me for mail services.