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Forms Mode

I decided to try out the forms mode with the example messages.el file
provided in the emacspeak distribution. However, I get the error

Forms control file error: `forms-file' has not been set

When I look at the messages.el file, the following piece of code makes
me think that when I load this file it should prompt me for the name
of the file to use and the forms-file 

(setq forms-file
      (read-file-name  "Messages file: "

and in fact, if I replace this with

(setq forms-file "/var/log/messages")

Everything works fine. So, what is going wrong here? Why isn't the
read-file-name function working? Am I missing something vital?

Feeling a bit thick (its been a long week and its still only


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