Monday, August 15, 2011

Flymake and Pyflakes with TRAMP

When I get everything figured out, I'll post more of my Emacs config, but here's the bit to get flymake and Pyflakes working.

I don't remember exactly why I needed all this magic, but I think the flymake-create-temp-intemp function is needed to get Flymake to work with TRAMP; it makes flymake put the temporary file on the local machine instead of the remote one, where Pyflakes (running locally) can see it. The rest is just standard stuff to tell flymake to use Pyflakes with Python code.

;; pyflakes
;; adapted from
;; and

(defun flymake-create-temp-intemp (file-name prefix)
  "Return file name in temporary directory for checking FILE-NAME.
This is a replacement for `flymake-create-temp-inplace'. The
difference is that it gives a file name in
`temporary-file-directory' instead of the same directory as

For the use of PREFIX see that function.

Note that not making the temporary file in another directory
\(like here) will not if the file you are checking depends on
relative paths to other files \(for the type of checks flymake
  (unless (stringp file-name)
    (error "Invalid file-name"))
  (or prefix
      (setq prefix "flymake"))
  (let* ((name (concat
                 (file-name-sans-extension file-name))
                "_" prefix))
         (ext  (concat "." (file-name-extension file-name)))
         (temp-name (make-temp-file name nil ext))
    (flymake-log 3 "create-temp-intemp: file=%s temp=%s"
   file-name temp-name)

(when (load "flymake" t)
  (defun flymake-pyflakes-init ()
    (let* ((temp-file (flymake-init-create-temp-buffer-copy
    (local-file (file-relative-name
   (file-name-directory buffer-file-name))))
      (flymake-log 3 "flymake-pyflakes-init: dir=%s %s"
     buffer-file-name (file-name-directory temp-file))
      (list "pyflakes" (list local-file)
     (file-name-directory temp-file))))

  (add-to-list 'flymake-allowed-file-name-masks
        '("\\.py\\'" flymake-pyflakes-init)))

(add-hook 'find-file-hook 'flymake-find-file-hook)

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