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bug#9919: 24.0.91; font-lock broken in dired

From: Drew Adams
Subject: bug#9919: 24.0.91; font-lock broken in dired
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:59:58 -0800

> > I am still getting reports about this wrt dired+.el from users on
> > GNU/Linux.  So perhaps my workaround is not sufficient there - dunno.
> Whenever you change font-lock-defaults, you need to cause
> font-lock-keywords (and the text already font-locked) to be refreshed,
> unless you know for sure that font-lock-mode has not yet been started.

Your "whenever" obviously does not apply to Emacs 20-22, since
`font-lock-refresh-defaults' does not even exist in those releases.

And at least for my code, "whenever" is true only for Emacs 24, not Emacs 23
(which also has `font-lock-refresh-defaults').  And the problem did not exist in
Emacs 24 either, until the build where I reported the bug.

I have this code, which has always worked and still works with Emacs 20 through

  (lambda ()
    (set (make-local-variable 'font-lock-defaults)
         (cons '(dired-font-lock-keywords diredp-font-lock-keywords-1)
               (cdr font-lock-defaults)))

    ;; Emacs 24+: Need to refresh `font-lock-keywords' from
    (when (fboundp 'font-lock-refresh-defaults) (font-lock-refresh-defaults))))

The last bit, which invokes `font-lock-refresh-defaults', I had to add for Emacs

Similarly, for buff-menu+.el, I need to do likewise on `buffer-menu-mode-hook'.
Again, this workaround is needed only for Emacs 24.

> > In any case, this is a regression and a performance problem.
> I don't see any evidence of a performance problem.

This means, in effect, that fontification must now be done twice, or else it is
incorrect.  That's the performance hit I meant: font-locking twice.  What has
always given correct fontification before with a single fontification (and still
does, in the published Emacs releases) now does not, I must re-fontify

Am I missing something here?  Is there a way to get what's needed without
fontifying twice?  That's expensive.  What's the cause of this
change/regression?  Thx.

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