Before delivering them to Flymake, backends create diagnostic objects
by calling the function
Make a Flymake diagnostic for the region of text in locus’s delimited by beg and end. type is a diagnostic symbol (see Customizing Flymake error types), and text is a description of the problem detected in this region. Most commonly locus is the buffer object designating for the current buffer being syntax-checked. However, it may be a string naming a file relative to the current working directory. See Foreign and list-only diagnostics, for when this may be useful. Depending on the type of locus, beg and end are both either buffer positions or conses (line . col) which specify the line and column of the diagnostic’s start and end positions, respectively.
These objects’ properties can be accessed with the functions
Additionally, the function
flymake-diagnostics will collect
such objects in the region you specify.
Get a list of Flymake diagnostics in the region determined by
beg and end. If neither beg or end is
supplied, use the whole buffer, otherwise if beg is
nil and end is
nil, consider only diagnostics
It is often the case with external syntax tools that a diagnostic’s position is reported in terms of a line number, and sometimes a column number. To convert this information into a buffer position, backends can use the following function:
Compute buffer’s region (beg . end) corresponding
to line and col. If col is
nil, return a
region just for line. Return
nil if the region is
invalid. This function saves match data (see Saving Match Data in The Emacs Lisp Reference Manual).
For troubleshooting purposes, backends may record arbitrary exceptional or erroneous situations into the Flymake log buffer (see Troubleshooting):