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bug#12154: 24.1; emacsclient: alternate editor does not inherit options

From: Albert
Subject: bug#12154: 24.1; emacsclient: alternate editor does not inherit options (like --tty and --eval)
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:04:53 +0200

This bug report will be sent to the Bug-GNU-Emacs mailing list
and the GNU bug tracker at debbugs.gnu.org.  Please check that
the From: line contains a valid email address.  After a delay of up
to one day, you should receive an acknowledgement at that address.

Please write in English if possible, as the Emacs maintainers
usually do not have translators for other languages.

Please describe exactly what actions triggered the bug, and
the precise symptoms of the bug.  If you can, give a recipe
starting from `emacs -Q':

On commandline enter:
emacsclientw.exe --alternate-editor="runemacs.exe" --eval "(gomoku)"

- when emacs is already running: starts a game of gomoku
- when not already running: opens the file '(gomoku)'

I would like to have a game of gomoku started in both cases.

This would also apply to some of the other options, like --tty and

1. Of course in the general case that the alternate editor is for example
vi you do not want the options given to the vi editor. An extra option like
'--alternate-editor-is-emacs' or '--alternate-editor-inherit-options' could
determine whether the options that are valid for a normal emacs are
passed on. Or an extra option '--alternate-emacs=EMACS-EDITOR' that
behaves in the proposed way.

2. Under Unix giving the empty string to '--alternate-editor' starts the deamon
and lets emacsclient try again. This is also a good solution. Under
MS-Windows the deamon mode is not available, perhaps here the empty
string could mean "start emacs with the same options".

The second suggestion seems to be the better one.

Best regards,

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please include the output from the following gdb commands:
    `bt full' and `xbacktrace'.
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In GNU Emacs 24.1.1 (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600)
 of 2012-06-10 on MARVIN
Windowing system distributor `Microsoft Corp.', version 5.1.2600
Configured using:
 `configure --with-gcc (4.6) --cflags

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: ENG
  value of $XMODIFIERS: nil
  locale-coding-system: cp1252
  default enable-multibyte-characters: t

Major mode: Dired by name

Minor modes in effect:
  show-paren-mode: t
  server-mode: t
  icomplete-mode: t
  global-linum-mode: t
  linum-mode: t
  display-time-mode: t
  cua-mode: t
  tooltip-mode: t
  mouse-wheel-mode: t
  menu-bar-mode: t
  file-name-shadow-mode: t
  global-font-lock-mode: t
  font-lock-mode: t
  auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-encryption-mode: t
  auto-compression-mode: t
  size-indication-mode: t
  column-number-mode: t
  line-number-mode: t
  transient-mark-mode: t

Recent input:
<help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo>
<help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo>
<help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo>
<help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo>
<help-echo> <help-echo> <menu-bar> <help-menu> <se

Recent messages:
Loading icomplete...done
Loading server...done
Loading paren...done
Albert: end of dot.emacs-custom
Albert: end of dot.emacs
Could not find .emacs, reading dot.emacs instead...done
Albert: end of default.el
For information about GNU Emacs and the GNU system, type C-h C-a.

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