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bug#13882: 24.2; saveplace.el limit drop least recently used

From: Kevin Ryde
Subject: bug#13882: 24.2; saveplace.el limit drop least recently used
Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 07:49:14 +1100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.2 (gnu/linux)

When saveplace.el reaches save-place-limit, the file positions retained
via ~/.emacs-places are the first limit-many in alphabetical order.
I hoped instead it would be the first limit-many most recently used.
Ie. drop the least recently visited files in order to enforce the limit.

I struck this when I reached my save-place-limit with lots of files I
had visited long ago but which happened to be alphabetically before ones
I was visiting now.  The save-place feature no longer saved places
across sessions for files I now visited.

The effect can be seen by setting a small limit per init.el below.  Then
foo.el to visit three files successively

    HOME=`pwd` emacs -Q -l ./init.el -l ./foo.el

This leaves .emacs-places (in the current directory due to faked $HOME)

    (("/tmp/aa" . 4)
     ("/tmp/bb" . 4)
     ("/tmp/cc" . 4))

Notice /tmp/cc was the most recently visited file but it's at the end of
the list and will be truncated when load-save-place-alist-from-file
enforces save-place-limit of 2.

    HOME=`pwd` emacs -Q -l ./init.el /tmp/cc
    point is at start of buffer /tmp/cc
    I hoped it would be at the end from the last visit

Note that you must exit and restart emacs to see the effect, because
save-place-limit is only enforced by load-save-place-alist-from-file.
Within a session there's no limit, only in reading the .emacs-places
file on restarting emacs.

I get some joy from not sorting save-place-alist when saving per change

I believe save-place-to-alist keeps save-place-alist in "most recent
first" order (by delq and re-push to move an existing entry to the
start), and that that order should be preserved when saving.

2013-03-04  Kevin Ryde  <address@hidden>

        * saveplace.el (save-place-alist-to-file): Don't `sort'
        save-place-alist alphabetically, keep it in "most recent first" order.
        This ensures save-place-limit drops the least recently visited files,
        not the alphabetically last files.  Dropping alphabetically last files
        had meant save-place stopped working across sessions after
        .emacs-places filled with alphabetically early names.

Attachment: init.el
Description: application/emacs-lisp

Attachment: foo.el
Description: application/emacs-lisp

Attachment: saveplace.el.nosort.diff
Description: Text Data

In GNU Emacs 24.2.1 (i486-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.24.10)
 of 2012-09-10 on biber, modified by Debian
Configured using:
 `configure '--build' 'i486-linux-gnu' '--build' 'i486-linux-gnu'
 '--prefix=/usr' '--sharedstatedir=/var/lib' '--libexecdir=/usr/lib'
 '--localstatedir=/var/lib' '--infodir=/usr/share/info'
 '--mandir=/usr/share/man' '--with-pop=yes'
 '--with-crt-dir=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu' '--with-x=yes'
 '--with-x-toolkit=gtk' '--with-toolkit-scroll-bars'
 'build_alias=i486-linux-gnu' 'CFLAGS=-g -O2 -fstack-protector
 --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -Wformat -Werror=format-security -Wall'

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: en_AU
  value of $XMODIFIERS: nil
  locale-coding-system: iso-latin-1-unix
  default enable-multibyte-characters: t

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