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Tracking down possible emacs/dict bug


From: Angelina Carlton
Subject: Tracking down possible emacs/dict bug
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 15:17:29 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.1007 (Gnus v5.10.7) Emacs/21.4 (gnu/linux)

Hello 

I like to keep a dictionary buffer running all the time.
In my ~/emacs I have:

 '(dict-server "localhost")    as one of my custom set variables

and:
(dictionary)
to run dictionary every time I start emacs.

My computer has several dictionaries installed and runs dictd locally
when it boots.

Sometimes, I navigate to the dictionary buffer and put point over 
[search-definition] and press enter.
I then enter my word in the mini buffer and one of 2 things happens:

1. it looks up the word normally and presents me with a definition.
2. it ramps my CPU up to 100% and totally locks up emacs.

I cannot get out of this lockup and cannot save any other buffers so it
quite damaging in its effect. 

I try killing the dictd daemon, that does nothing and as emacs is
totally unresponsive, I cannot get to another buffer and kill anything.

Now this is compounded by the fact of course that half the time it works
normally, so it is difficult for me to pin down what causes it. So I
would like some help on how to figure out what is going on. 

(I have tried using a list of words, thinking it was specific words but
the actual words seem to have no bearing on whether it locks up or not)

Also does emacs even use the systems dictionary tools or it brings it
own? 


Debian GNU/Linux
GNU Emacs 21.4.1 
dict 1.9.15
dictd Version: 1.9.15-1

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