(lemacs.info)Select Tag Table

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Selecting a Tag Table

   At any time Emacs has one "selected" tag table, and all the commands
for working with tag tables use the selected one.  To select a tag
table, use the variable `tag-table-alist'.

   The value of `tag-table-alist' is a list that determines which
`TAGS' files should be active for a given buffer.  This is not really
an association list, in that all elements are checked.  The car of each
element of this list is a pattern against which the buffers file name
is compared; if it matches, then the cdr of the list should be the name
of the tags table to use.  If more than one element of this list
matches the buffers file name, all of the associated tags tables are
used.  Earlier ones are searched first.

   If the car of elements of this list are strings, they are treated as
regular-expressions against which the file is compared (like the
`auto-mode-alist').  If they are not strings, they are evaluated.  If
they evaluate to non-`nil', the current buffer is considered to match.

   If the cdr of the elements of this list are strings, they are
assumed to name a tags file.  If they name a directory, the string
`tags' is appended to them to get the file name.  If they are not
strings, they are evaluated and must return an appropriate string.

   For example:

       (setq tag-table-alist
     	'(("/usr/src/public/perl/" . "/usr/src/public/perl/perl-3.0/")
     	  ("\\.el$" . "/usr/local/emacs/src/")
     	  ("/jbw/gnu/" . "/usr15/degree/stud/jbw/gnu/")
     	  ("" . "/usr/local/emacs/src/")

   The example defines the tag table alist in the following way:

   * Anything in the directory `/usr/src/public/perl/' should use the
     `TAGS' file `/usr/src/public/perl/perl-3.0/TAGS'.

   * Files ending in `.el' should use the `TAGS' file

   * Anything in or below the directory `/jbw/gnu/' should use the
     `TAGS' file `/usr15/degree/stud/jbw/gnu/TAGS'.

   If you had a file called `/usr/jbw/foo.el', it would use both `TAGS'
`/usr/local/emacs/src/TAGS' and `/usr15/degree/stud/jbw/gnu/TAGS' (in
that order), because it matches both patterns.

   If the buffer-local variable `buffer-tag-table' is set, it names a
tags table that is searched before all others when `find-tag' is
executed from this buffer.

   If there is a file called `TAGS' in the same directory as the file
in question, then that tags file will always be used as well (after the
`buffer-tag-table' but before the tables specified by this list).

   If the variable `tags-file-name' is set, the `TAGS' file it names
will apply to all buffers (for backwards compatibility.)  It is searched

   If the value of the variable `tags-always-build-completion-table' is
`t', the tags file will always be added to the completion table without
asking first, regardless of the size of the tags file.

   The function `M-x visit-tags-table', is largely made obsolete by the
variable `tag-table-alist', tells tags commands to use the tags table
file FILE first.  The FILE should be the name of a file created with
the `etags' program.  A directory name is also acceptable; it means the
file `TAGS' in that directory.  The function only stores the file name
you provide in the variable `tags-file-name'.  Emacs does not actually
read in the tag table contents until you try to use them.  You can set
the variable explicitly instead of using `visit-tags-table'.  The value
of the variable `tags-file-name' is the name of the tags table used by
all buffers.  This is for backward compatibility, and is largely
supplanted by the variable `tag-table-alist'.

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