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bug#11102: 24.0.94; C-x C-c from a client frame sometimes kills the whol


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#11102: 24.0.94; C-x C-c from a client frame sometimes kills the whole Emacs process
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:46:56 +0300

> Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 17:20:35 +0200
> From: Dani Moncayo <address@hidden>
> Cc: Juanma Barranquero <address@hidden>, address@hidden, address@hidden
> 
> > In that case, I don't understand why did Dani expect something
> > different from what he saw.
> 
> ??
> As I said in the first post, I expect the behavior documented in node
> "(emacs)emacsclient Options":
> 
>     If you type `C-x C-c' (`save-buffers-kill-terminal') in an Emacs
>  frame created with `emacsclient', via the `-c' or `-t' options, Emacs
>  deletes the frame instead of killing the Emacs process itself.  [...]

Well, it also says

     When you finish editing FILE in the Emacs server, type `C-x #'
  (`server-edit') in its buffer.  This saves the file and sends a message
  back to the `emacsclient' program, telling it to exit.

which is not what happens under -n.

So this may well be a documentation bug.  (In general, I find the
emacsclient documentation to be confusing, even after a lot of
improvements done as part of 24.1 pretest.  It could be that the
various options and interactions between them are hard to document
clearly.)

> >  I see the same behavior on GNU/Linux: if
> > emacsclient is invoked with -n, "C-x C-c" kills Emacs.
> 
> If you used also -t or -c

I used the exact command that you show in your report.

> then the the bug is also on that platform (according to the manual).

The implementation clearly shows that the behavior was intended.

> > As for the logic behind the above code, AFAIU -n means emacsclient is
> > used as a way of asking Emacs to visit a file without any special
> > handling; in particular, "C-x #" does _not_ kill the buffer visiting
> > that file.
> 
> According to the manual, "-n" just means "no wait for the server to
> return control":
> 
>   `-n'
>   `--no-wait'
>        Let `emacsclient' exit immediately, instead of waiting until all
>        server buffers are finished.  You can take as long as you like to
>        edit the server buffers within Emacs, and they are _not_ killed
>        when you type `C-x #' in them.

Like I said: I think the manual is incomplete and potentially
misleading here.

> > So killing the entire session upon "C-x C-c" makes sense
> > in this case.
> 
> I don't see how that interpretation can be deducted from the current manual.

I just said the behavior makes sense to me, that's all.

> Besides, as I said in the first post, the observed behavior also
> varies when you call emacsclient with and without a filename.

Again, a deficiency in the manual.  The code and its commentary are
very clear:

  /* --no-wait implies --current-frame on ttys when there are file
     arguments or expressions given.  */
  if (nowait && tty && argc - optind > 0)
    current_frame = 1;

which again makes sense.

Therefore, I think we should (1) fix the manual to document this
behavior, and (2) fix the Windows port to use one of the existing
frames instead of popping up a new frame (unless Juanma explains why
the current behavior on Windows makes sense).






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