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22.2.2 Excess Close Parentheses

To deal with an excess close parenthesis, first insert an open parenthesis at the beginning of the file, back up over it, and type C-M-f to find the end of the unbalanced defun. (Then type C-SPC C-_ C-u C-SPC to set the mark there, undo the insertion of the open parenthesis, and finally return to the mark.)

Then find the actual matching close parenthesis by typing C-M-f at the beginning of the defun. This will leave you somewhere short of the place where the defun ought to end. It is possible that you will find a spurious close parenthesis in that vicinity.

If you don’t see a problem at that point, the next thing to do is to type C-M-q at the beginning of the defun. A range of lines will probably shift left; if so, the missing open parenthesis or spurious close parenthesis is probably near the first of those lines.

However, don’t assume this is true; study the code to make sure. Once you have found the discrepancy, undo the C-M-q with C-_, since the old indentation is probably appropriate to the intended parentheses.

After you think you have fixed the problem, use C-M-q again. If the old indentation actually fit the intended nesting of parentheses, and you have put back those parentheses, C-M-q should not change anything.