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bug#3467: 23.0.94; let + make-local-variable => let value made global

From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: bug#3467: 23.0.94; let + make-local-variable => let value made global
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2009 00:48:16 +0200

On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 5:04 PM, Lennart
Borgman<address@hidden> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 4:36 PM, Stefan Monnier<address@hidden> wrote:
>>> If you eval these lines
>>>   (defvar w14 "global")
>>>   (defvar w15 "global")
>>>   (let ((w14 "let")
>>>         (w15 "let"))
>>>     (set (make-local-variable 'w14) "local")
>>>     (message "w14 maybe let: in buffer=%S, global=%S" w14 (default-value 
>>> 'w14))
>>>     (message "w15 maybe let: in buffer=%S, global=%S" w15 (default-value 
>>> 'w15)))
>>>   (message "w14 top level: in buffer=%S, global=%S" w14 (default-value 
>>> 'w14))
>>>   (message "w15 top level: in buffer=%S, global=%S" w15 (default-value 
>>> 'w15))
>>> the output will be
>>>   w14 maybe let: in buffer="local", global="let"
>>>   w15 maybe let: in buffer="let", global="let"
>>>   w14 top level: in buffer="global", global="let"
>>>   w15 top level: in buffer="global", global="global"
>>> All values here except w14 global value on next last line are arguably
>>> correct. The last value of w14 should be "global", not "let".
>>> It looks like perhaps the call to (make-local-variable w14) does not
>>> mark the "global let" value of w14 as let bound (or removes that
>>> mark).
>> Given the way let-binding and buffer-local bindings are currently
>> implemented, it's difficult to make it work correctly in all corner
>> cases, and even more so without slowing down the common case.
>> So don't hold your breath.
> I gave a suggestion in the next message for how to implement this:
> Check buffer and frame localness before unbind_to in Flet. Would that
> really be expensive?

Sigh, and my suggestion was of course unnecessary stupid. What is
needed is of course to record values and frame+buffer localness and
dito values and reset them. Nothing less than this will ever work
correctly, or?

And does not this apply to all uses of specbind + unbind_to?

Can it be sufficient to just change specbind and unbind_to? Is there
anything else that will be affected by changes in the specbind stack?
Since info about buffer+frame is alwas needed should specbinding be
changed to the below form?

struct specbinding
    Lisp_Object symbol;
    Lisp_Object old_value;
    Lisp_Object old_buffer_value;
    Lisp_Object old_frame_value;
    specbinding_func func;
    Lisp_Object unused;         /* Dividing by 16 is faster than by 12 */
    Lisp_Object unused;
    Lisp_Object unused;

Is this structure used by other functions than specbind and unbind_to?

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