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bug#30699: 26.0.91; buffer contents flicker on macOS frames when frames


From: Alan Third
Subject: bug#30699: 26.0.91; buffer contents flicker on macOS frames when frames are resized
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2018 23:00:40 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.9.3 (2018-01-21)

On Sun, Mar 04, 2018 at 11:55:50PM -0800, Aaron Jensen wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 4, 2018 at 1:34 PM, Alan Third <address@hidden> wrote:
> > The root problem is actually that we’re unable to execute redisplay
> > while the frame is being resized by a mouse. The NS event loop goes
> > into some ‘modal’ state which we can’t break out of, thus preventing
> > us from doing anything until it’s done. If that didn’t happen we
> > wouldn’t need to blank the screen at all.
> 
> Is this true on a mac as well? How are other apps like iTerm2 able to
> redraw during a resize?

The short answer is that iTerm2 is a native Cocoa app, written in the
way you should write Cocoa apps. Emacs isn’t.

The long answer is quite complicated. I’m trying to write up a decent
explanation of how the NS port works.

> It's a naive question, but is it at all possible to redraw a garbaged
> frame w/o a flicker? I know nothing about the drawing code, so I
> apologize for the question if it's dumb.

It should be, but I know very little about how Emacs goes about
drawing the frame contents, so I won’t say definitely.
-- 
Alan Third





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