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Hello all. First off let me thank Lee Mac for all that he does with LISP and how he helps others out. He is a great value to the community. :notworthy:

 

Now for the question I have been trying to get his Tip of the day lisp working. I have the lisp in my startup suite, it and the text file are both in a support file search path, and it does not show a tip at the start of the day. The Lisp does load because I can type (LM:tip) and it shows a tip, it just does not show anything for the first dwg of the day. Could the issue be that I am using Civil 3D 2015, maybe so variable that is causing the problem?

 

http://www.lee-mac.com/tipoftheday.html

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Hi there. Just Shooting in the dark here.

 

The function is defined, so the problems seems to be with the s::startup definition. This is where it is handled.

(if (= 'list (type s::startup))
   (if (not (member '(LM:tip) s::startup))
       (setq s::startup (append s::startup '((LM:tip))))
   )
   (defun-q s::startup nil (LM:tip))
)

My guess: Maybe another function loaded after LM tip of the day redefine s::startup before it is executed? To see if that is the case, try typing (defun-q-list-ref 's::startup), which will show you the list which is bound to s::startup. It should return "(nil (LM:TIP))" or a longer list which contain (LM:TIP) at the end of it. If not, then something redefine s::startup after LM:tip does its magic.

 

@Lee. If s::startup is not a list, s::Startup is defuned-q with (LM:tip). When I look at at AKN example for s::startup, they use defun (type = SUBR). With your code as is, if anyone has a s::startup defined using defun, from the test I made the part of LM:tip that I posted will overwrite it.

Command: (defun s::startup () (princ"ya"))

S::STARTUP

Command: (s::startup)

ya"ya"

Command: (if (= 'list (type s::startup))

(_> (if (not (member '(LM:tip) s::startup))

((_> (setq s::startup (append s::startup '((LM:tip))))

((_> )

(_> (defun-q s::startup nil (LM:tip)))

S::STARTUP

Command: (defun-q-list-ref 's::startup)

(nil (LM:TIP))

I think a (= (type s::startup) 'SUBR) is needed, but if that is the case, is a workaround to "append" to a s::startup made using Defun?

 

Cheers!

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@Lee. If s::startup is not a list, s::Startup is defuned-q with (LM:tip). When I look at at AKN example for s::startup, they use defun (type = SUBR).

 

For as long as I can remember, the formal documentation always advised to define the s::startup function as a list (i.e. using defun-q / defun-q-list-set), for example, as shown in this contradictory documentation from Autodesk.

 

Therefore, with this in mind, I would argue that if the s::startup function is not of list data type, it should be correctly redefined as such.

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Hello all. First off let me thank Lee Mac for all that he does with LISP and how he helps others out. He is a great value to the community. :notworthy:

 

Thank you for your kind words aawilds, I appreciate your gratitude for my contributions to the community.

 

To test Jef!'s hypothesis above, you could try replacing lines 210-215 (inclusive) in the code with:

(LM:tip)

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For as long as I can remember, the formal documentation always advised to define the s::startup function as a list (i.e. using defun-q / defun-q-list-set), for example, as shown in this contradictory documentation from Autodesk.

 

Therefore, with this in mind, I would argue that if the s::startup function is not of list data type, it should be correctly redefined as such.

I would not argue against defun-q being the best approach, as it enable the use of defun-q-list-ref, enables appending and/or setq differently.

I might argue that if someone has a 3rd party app that use defun, or chose to use defun, it is his choice. For all I know it is just because that someone stumbled on a contradictory Adesk piece of documentation. Even if I don't approve, and also think that it should be correctly redefined as such, I would still not skip subr verification and just overwrite it.

 

As always, I really appreciate the feedback you give.

Cheers! :)

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To test Jef!'s hypothesis above, you could try replacing lines 210-215 (inclusive) in the code with:

(LM:tip)

That seems to be the issue it does now popup the tip on startup. The thing is I went through every other lisp that I have loaded with the startup suite and none of them change the s::startup function. It also opens a blank drawing I thought it would wait till the user picked a drawing to open. Thank you both with the help.

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To see if it is defined, you can type !s::startup, with what has been said here it should returned something like #

Other that by the startup suite, It could be defined in a menu, a vlx, in acad.lsp or acaddoc.lsp, vba or in any other source that is loaded by any of the above in the first place. You could search for s::startup (in windows explorer) but if it is defined in an encrypted file, you wont find it. Happy hunting!

 

I'm glad I could help!

Have a nice week end!

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That seems to be the issue it does now popup the tip on startup. The thing is I went through every other lisp that I have loaded with the startup suite and none of them change the s::startup function. It also opens a blank drawing I thought it would wait till the user picked a drawing to open. Thank you both with the help.

 

I'm glad to hear that the program is now working well for you; if you wanted the tip to only be displayed for a saved drawing, you could test the DWGTITLED system variable prior to evaluating the (LM:tip) function when the program is loaded.

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