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bug#21077: 24.5; Slow printing in inferior python buffer with python-she


From: Ista Zahn
Subject: bug#21077: 24.5; Slow printing in inferior python buffer with python-shell-enable-font-lock
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:27:15 -0400


On Jul 30, 2015 7:19 PM, "Stefan Monnier" <address@hidden> wrote:
>
> > Sorry for the delay in responding. I think a reasonable short term
> > measure is to set python-shell-enable-font-lock to nil by default, and
> > perhaps add a warning to the doc string to the effect that setting it
> > to a non-nil value can dramatically slow down printing.
>
> As mentioned, font-lock is but one of the parts of Emacs that slow down
> as lines get longer.

python-shell-enable-font-lock is the only place I've encountered were things become unusable. I'm not all that concerned with things slowing down slightly, but I do think the cases (like this one) that render emacs unusable need to be fixed or worked around.
>
> In the case of comint modes, rather than disable font-lock we should
> refrain from font-locking the text after the last \n (since that's the
> line that keeps getting expanded, so we end up re-font-locking it O(N)
> times for a line of length N, for a total amount of work of O(N^2)).
> IIRC I have a similar hack in grep.el or compile.el.

OK, but unless there are clear plans to fix this soon the default value of  python-shell-enable-font-lock should be changed to nil until such time as a fix is in place.

Best,
Ista
>
>
>         Stefan


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