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bug#11825: 24.1.50; float-time no longer accepts negative time values

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#11825: 24.1.50; float-time no longer accepts negative time values
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 19:08:09 +0300

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This just caused me 5 hours of debugging: as result of the latest
changes related to nanosecond time resolution, float-time now barfs
when passed negative time values.  I bumped into this when
display-time signaled an error when updating the time on the
mode line.  Here's the Lisp backtrace:

  Debugger entered--Lisp error: (error "Invalid time specification")
    float-time((-1 65476 50000 0))
    timer-until([t 20463 1752 0 0 60 display-time-event-handler nil nil] (20463 
1692 50000 0))
    timer-event-handler([t 20463 1752 0 0 60 display-time-event-handler nil 

As you see, timer-until was called with its second argument time older
than the next time the timer should trigger.  timer-until does this:

  (float-time (time-subtract time (timer--time timer)))

But when time-subtract returns a negative time value, float-time now
signals an error, where previously it would compute a negative value
in seconds.

I modified timer-until to do this instead:

  (- (float-time time) (float-time (timer--time timer)))

This change is part of revision 108814.  However, I'm filing this bug
report in case we need to be able to pass negative time values to

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