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Re: NS port: How to debug excessive garbage collection?

From: Keith David Bershatsky
Subject: Re: NS port: How to debug excessive garbage collection?
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2019 12:46:28 -0700

The attched patch (debug_mwe_001.diff) is a minimal working example that 
demonstrates the issue on all three platforms (X11, W32, NS) using the GUI 
version of Emacs built from the master branch as of 04/08/2019 

The snippet that I am pasting and evaluating in the minibuffer is as follows:

  (find-library "simple")
  (blink-cursor-mode -1)
  (global-eldoc-mode -1)
  (setq timer-list nil
        timer-idle-list nil
        crosshairs t))

Here are Youtube links to screen recordings of the minimal working example on 
all three platforms:

NS (screen recording):  https://youtu.be/4IzXfP2j2GY

X11 (screen recording):  https://youtu.be/zrRH72qdmx0

W32 (screen recording):  https://youtu.be/cfIG4fbkesY


1.  Imaginary / Pretend:  We imagine that all fake cursors are erased at the 
outset of update_window while w->current_matrix is still valid; i.e., before 
scrolling_window does its thing.

2.  The master cache of fake cursors (w->ch_cache) is set to Qnil.

3.  Imaginary / Pretend:  We imagine .... As to the rows in the 
w->desired_matrix that must be updated with update_text_area, we draw fake 
cursors immediately after draw_glyphs finishes updating the row.  As we are 
laying fake cursors, we use a temporary cache (w->mc_temp_cache) to store the 
relevant data so that we can redraw any fake cursors that get erased because 
they are left/right_overwritten as determined by draw_glyphs.  Once the row has 
been updated with fake cursors, we set the termporary cache (w->mc_temp_cache) 
to Qnil and we set the master cache with the new data -- appending new data if 
the cache is non-nil.

4.  As to all remaining rows that are not updated with update_text_area (which 
uses w->desired_matrix), we use the w->current_matrix and draw/cache the fake 
cursors using the same approach as mentioned in the preceding step; i.e., a 
temporary cache (w->mc_temp_cache) so that we can fix any fake cursors that got 
left/right_overwritten and then that cache is set to Qnil and the master cache 
(w->mc_cache) is updated.

In the above minimal working example, the window Lisp_Object caches are rather 

'((make_fixnum (1))
  (make_fixnum (2))
  (make_fixnum (3))
  (make_fixnum (99)))

Attachment: debug_mwe_001.diff
Description: application/diff

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