Emacs – Error when calling (server-start)

[Origin]: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/885793/emacs-error-when-calling-server-start

I am currently using GNU Emacs in Windows Vista SP1. In my .emacs file I make a call to (server-start) and that is causing an error with the message The directory ~/.emacs.d/server is unsafe. Has anyone seen this and know a fix or workaround? … other than leaving server turned off 😉

Here is the stack trace:

Debugger entered--Lisp error: (error "The directory ~/.emacs.d/server is unsafe")
  signal(error ("The directory ~/.emacs.d/server is unsafe"))
  error("The directory %s is unsafe" "~/.emacs.d/server")
  call-interactively(server-start t nil)
  call-interactively(execute-extended-command nil nil)

I found this solution on EmacsWiki:

“The problem is the ownership of the directory ~/.emacs.d/server when you also have “Administrators” rights on your account. Create the directory ~/.emacs.d/server and set the owner of this directory to your login name and the problem is gone. As I have a “Dutch” version of Windows 7 I don’t know the English terms exactly but here’s the procedure:

Click R-mouse on ~/.emacs.d/server and select “Properties” (last item in menu). From Properties select the Tab “Security” and then select the button “Advanced”. Then select the Tab “Owner” and change the owner from Administrators (<your-pc-name>\Administrators) into <your-login-name> (<your-pc-name>\<your-login-name>. Now the server code will accept this directory as secure because you are the owner.

Hope this helps for all you guys, it solved the problem for me anyway.

W.K.R. Reutefleut”

It definitely works on Vista, with Emacs 23.2.1.


Lock, mutex, semaphore… what’s the difference?

[Origin]: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2332765/lock-mutex-semaphore-whats-the-difference

A lock allows only one thread to enter the part that’s locked and the lock is not shared with any other processes.

A mutex is the same as a lock but it can be system wide (shared by multiple processes).

A semaphore does the same as a mutex but allows x number of threads to enter, this can be used for example to limit the number of cpu, io or ram intensive tasks running at the same time.

You also have read/write locks that allows either unlimited number of readers or 1 writer at any given time.

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding these words.This is from a previous post (https://stackoverflow.com/a/24582076/3163691) which fits superb here:

1) Critical Section= User object used for allowing the execution of just one active thread from many others within one process. The other non selected threads are put to sleep.

[No interprocess capability, very primitive object].

2) Mutex Semaphore (aka Mutex)= Kernel object used for allowing the execution of just one active thread from many others, among different processes. The other non selected threads are put to sleep. This object supports thread ownership, thread termination notification, recursion (multiple ‘acquire’ calls from same thread) and ‘priority inversion avoidance’.

[Interprocess capability, very safe to use, a kind of ‘high level’ synchronization object].

3) Counting Semaphore (aka Semaphore)= Kernel object used for allowing the execution of a group of active threads from many others. The other non selected threads are put to sleep.

[Interprocess capability however not very safe to use because it lacks following ‘mutex’ attributes: thread termination notification, recursion?, ‘priority inversion avoidance’?, etc].

4) And now, talking about ‘spinlocks’, first some definitions:

Critical Region= A region of memory shared by 2 or more processes.

Lock= A variable whose value allows or denies the entrance to a ‘critical region’. (It could be implemented as a simple ‘boolean flag’).

Busy waiting= Continuosly testing of a variable until some value appears.


Spin-lock (aka Spinlock)= A lock which uses busy waiting. (The acquiring of the lock is made by xchg or similar atomic operations).

[No thread sleeping, mostly used at kernel level only. Ineffcient for User level code].

As a last comment, I am not sure but I can bet you some big bucks that the above first 3 synchronizing objects (#1, #2 and #3) make use of this simple beast (#4) as part of their implementation.

Have a good day!.


-Real-Time Concepts for Embedded Systems by Qing Li with Caroline Yao (CMP Books).

-Modern Operating Systems (3rd) by Andrew Tanenbaum (Pearson Education International).

-Programming Applications for Microsoft Windows (4th) by Jeffrey Richter (Microsoft Programming Series).

Also, you can take a look at look at: https://stackoverflow.com/a/24586803/3163691

What’s the meaning of require: ‘ngModel’?

[Origin]: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20930592/whats-the-meaning-of-require-ngmodel

This is the HTML for my directive:

<textarea data-modal="modal" data-mydir ng:model="abc"></textarea>

In my directive I have this:

return {
        require: 'ngModel',
        replace: true,
        scope: {
            modal: '=modal',
            ngModel: '=',
            pid: '=pid'

Can someone tell me, what’s the significance of require: ‘ngModel’ ? I see this in many different directives. Could I call this data-modal?

I am confused because when I change it to data-modal I get a message from Angular saying

Controller 'ngModel', required by directive 'textarea', can't be found!

Delete file containing invalid characters in windows

[Origin]: https://serverfault.com/questions/95581/delete-file-containing-invalid-characters-in-windows

I have some files that contain colon character in the filename (eg. 1d67c0d23e859ed4a259749e4a720d9e:default-sink). When I try to remove them from command line with the command:

c:\backup> del /F *.*

I get “The system cannot find the file specified.” for each file. If I specify an individual file:

c:\backup> del /F "1d67c0d23e859ed4a259749e4a720d9e:default-sink"

I get “The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.”. If I try to use rd on the parent folder I get

How can I remove these files?

This worked for me:

  1. Ran chkdsk /f
  2. Rebooted PC
  3. Then I was able to select and delete the file

Close all the files, if any opened, that are saved in the drive which is containing such files. Now, Open the drive properties.

“My Computer” -> “Right Click on the this drive” > properties

Then, go to “Tools” tab and click “Check now” under ‘Error checking’ label.

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This will unmount your drive and will scan the complete drive for errors, eventually it will delete such files with illegal names. On finishing it will show a messages saying some files were fixed.

I successfully deleted such files from my external hard disk.