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bug#4534: assertion failure at window.c:grow_mini_window

From: Juanma Barranquero
Subject: bug#4534: assertion failure at window.c:grow_mini_window
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009 17:37:26 +0200

OK, unless someone opposes I'm going to commit the attached patch.

Currently, both grow_mini_window() and shrink_window_lowest_first() do
in fact accept negative deltas, and act accordingly; so, the names are
misleading with respect to the actual behavior, if not the intent, of
both functions. I'm not comfortable with this, but as Martin said he
was going to rewrite the window code after 23.2, it's a short term
situation anyway.

Other than skipping a useless call to window_min_size() when delta <
0, the patch does not change current behavior, so for people building
without -DXASSERTS it should not introduce any new bug. For those
people with -DXASSERTS, the patch in fact avoids an unnecessary
exception and allows Emacs to continue without incident. That means
there's no obvious downside to this change; even assuming there's a
problem with negative deltas in grow_mini_window(), etc., it is better
to let the negative delta go through with the hope that it will cause
a traceable bug. Most people does not have -DXASSERTS, though, and not
such bug has even been reported.


2009-10-24  Juanma Barranquero  <address@hidden>

        * window.c (grow_mini_window): Comment out "delta >= 0" assertion.
        For delta < 0, skip check that only makes sense when the mini-window
        is going to be enlarged.  (Bug#4534)

Index: src/window.c
RCS file: /cvsroot/emacs/emacs/src/window.c,v
retrieving revision 1.642
diff -u -2 -r1.642 window.c
--- src/window.c        23 Oct 2009 17:52:57 -0000      1.642
+++ src/window.c        24 Oct 2009 15:33:16 -0000
@@ -4649,10 +4649,13 @@

   xassert (MINI_WINDOW_P (w));
-  xassert (delta >= 0);
+  /* Commenting out the following assertion goes against the stated interface
+     of this function, but it currently does not seem to do anything useful.
+     See discussion of this issue in the thread for bug#4534.
+     xassert (delta >= 0); */

   /* Compute how much we can enlarge the mini-window without deleting
      other windows.  */
-  if (delta)
+  if (delta > 0)
       int min_height = window_min_size (root, 0, 0, 0, 0);

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