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bug#4878: 23.1; linum mode fails to work with Rmail correctly

From: Mark Lillibridge
Subject: bug#4878: 23.1; linum mode fails to work with Rmail correctly
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 22:48:45 -0800

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Please describe exactly what actions triggered the bug
and the precise symptoms of the bug:

[Emacs version 23.1 for Microsoft Windows, but should fail also for
Linux, etc.]

* Turn on linum mode via global-linum-mode
* start Rmail.  
* use 'i' to open an existing Rmail file with multiple messages
* type 'h' to open and go to the Rmail summary buffer
* move between messages in the summary via the up and down arrows
* observe that the associated Rmail buffer window shows the current
  message as you move around in the summary buffer, but its line numbers
  are not updated (BUG)

I believe I understand the cause of this problem:

linum.el relies on a post-command-hook to determine when to update a

        (if linum-eager
            (add-hook 'post-command-hook (if linum-delay
                                           'linum-update-current) nil t)
          (add-hook 'after-change-functions 'linum-after-change nil t))

(defun linum-update-current ()
  "Update line numbers for the current buffer."
  (linum-update (current-buffer)))

(by default, linum-eager is t and linum-delay is nil).

The Rmail summary buffer also relies on a post-command-hook to update
the associated Rmail buffer:

(defun rmail-summary-enable ()
  (use-local-map rmail-summary-mode-map)
  (add-hook 'post-command-hook 'rmail-summary-rmail-update nil t)
  (setq revert-buffer-function 'rmail-update-summary))

    When you type an arrow key in the Rmail summary buffer,
rmail-summary-rmail-update updates the associated Rmail buffer; if
linum-update-current runs afterwards (by default it seems to run before
hand, but I manually made run afterwords via remove/add-hook), it
updates the Rmail summary buffer but not the Rmail buffer itself.  Linum
seems to incorrectly assume that no command ever modifies any buffer
other than the current one, which is definitely false in this case.

    As an attempted fix, I added the linum after-change-functions hook
to the Rmail buffer.  This also failed to solve the problem, presumably
because changing the currently displayed message only involves altering
the restriction, not changing the buffer itself.

    Since I am guessing Rmail is not the only subsystem where one
command alters a different buffer or only changes a restriction in a
different buffer, linum should be fixed rather than Rmail.  The safest
solution is probably to have linum-update-current just update all buffers.
This strikes me as expensive if there are a lot of buffers, so maybe you
can find a better solution.

- Mark

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In GNU Emacs 23.1.1 (i386-mingw-nt6.0.6002)
 of 2009-07-29 on SOFT-MJASON
Windowing system distributor `Microsoft Corp.', version 6.0.6002
configured using `configure --with-gcc (4.4)'

Important settings:
  value of $LC_ALL: nil
  value of $LC_COLLATE: nil
  value of $LC_CTYPE: nil
  value of $LC_MESSAGES: nil
  value of $LC_MONETARY: nil
  value of $LC_NUMERIC: nil
  value of $LC_TIME: nil
  value of $LANG: ENU
  value of $XMODIFIERS: nil
  locale-coding-system: cp1252
  default-enable-multibyte-characters: t

Major mode: RMAIL Summary

Minor modes in effect:
  global-linum-mode: t
  linum-mode: t
  delete-selection-mode: t
  pc-selection-mode: t
  tooltip-mode: t
  tool-bar-mode: t
  mouse-wheel-mode: t
  menu-bar-mode: t
  file-name-shadow-mode: t
  global-font-lock-mode: t
  font-lock-mode: t
  blink-cursor-mode: t
  global-auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-encryption-mode: t
  auto-compression-mode: t
  line-number-mode: t
  transient-mark-mode: t

Recent input:
v <delete> <return> <up> <up> C-h v <return> C-x o 
<next> <prior> C-x o C-x 1 <next> <next> <next> <prior> 
<prior> <prior> <prior> <prior> <prior> <next> <next> 
<switch-frame> <down-mouse-1> <mouse-movement> <mouse-1> 
<help-echo> <help-echo> <down-mouse-1> <mouse-movement> 
<mouse-movement> <drag-mouse-1> <down> <down> <down> 
<down> <up> . <down> <down> <down> <up> <up> <up> <up> 
<up> <up> <up> n n n n p p p p p n n <switch-frame> 
<down-mouse-1> <mouse-movement> <mouse-movement> <drag-mouse-1> 
<switch-frame> <down-mouse-1> <mouse-1> <escape> : 
C-y <return> C-x o <down> <down> <down> <up> <up> <up> 
<up> <up> <up> <up> <up> <up> <down> <down> <down> 
<down> <down> <down> <up> <up> <up> <up> <up> <up> 
<up> <up> <up> C-x o C-x o t t <down> <down> <down> 
t t <down> <down> <down> t t <down> <down> <down> <up> 
<up> <up> t t <down> <down> <down> SPC SPC SPC SPC 
SPC <backspace> <backspace> <backspace> <backspace> 
<up> <up> <up> <up> SPC SPC \ <backspace> <backspace> 
<down> SPC <down> SPC <backspace> <switch-frame> <down-mouse-1> 
<mouse-movement> <mouse-1> C-h a h o o k <return> C-h 
? d h o o k <return> C-x 1 C-x b <return> C-h d h o 
o k s <return> <help-echo> <down-mouse-1> <mouse-1> 
C-x 1 <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> 
<next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> 
<next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> 
<next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> 
<next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> 
<next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> <next> 
<next> <next> <next> <next> <next> C-h f n a r r o 
w <tab> <tab> r e <tab> <return> <help-echo> <help-echo> 
<help-echo> <down-mouse-1> <mouse-1> C-h v C-S-g <escape> 
x v c e r s <tab> <backspace> <backspace> <backspace> 
<backspace> e r s <tab> <return> <help-echo> <down-mouse-1> 
<mouse-1> <help-echo> <switch-frame> <down-mouse-1> 
<mouse-1> <escape> x r e p o <tab> r <tab> <return

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