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bug#15133: 24.3.50; REGRESSION: `after-make-frame-functions' now run wit

From: martin rudalics
Subject: bug#15133: 24.3.50; REGRESSION: `after-make-frame-functions' now run with wrong frame selected
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:24:33 +0200

> Can you please tell me what to check, and how?  It's not clear to me what
> you are asking/suggesting; sorry.

Whether with older versions your `fit-frame' function works with plain
`display-buffer', that is, bypassing `pop-to-buffer'.  Obviously,
`special-display-popup-frame' is disallowed as well because it does

               (with-current-buffer buffer
                 (make-frame (append args special-display-frame-alist))))

and `temp-buffer-window-show' is disallowed because it does

    (with-current-buffer buffer
              (setq window (display-buffer buffer action)))

>> You want to apply `fit-frame' to the buffer you eventually want to
>> display on the new frame.  Right?
> I want to apply it to the frame (not to a buffer) _after_ it has been
> displayed.  Previously, creating the frame (`make-frame') also displayed it,
> and it did so before hook `after-create-frame-functions' was invoked.

It displayed it if and only if it was current at the time `make-frame'
was called.  Also, at the time `after-make-frame-functions' is called
the buffer is not yet "displayed".  `make-frame' simply sets a slot in
the frame structure to reference that buffer.

>> The _current_ buffer.
> The question is which buffer should be current for that frame at that point.

It's up to the caller to determine that, `make-frame' wouldn't know.

> I'm not sure the doc string should really have said "current buffer", as in
> `current-buffer'.  Seems like what was intended - what makes sense in terms
> of the hook, and what I have always thought has been the behavior until now -
> is the buffer the frame was created to display (which is harder to say than
> "current buffer").  IOW, the buffer that ends up displayed in the frame.

This is not what `make-frame' does.

> The key part of that doc string, for me, is that it returns a new frame that
> is already displayed.

No.  Otherwise with `display-buffer' you would first see one buffer and
then another - or at least some kind of flicker.

> No one ever _sees_ a newly created frame first display
> the `current-buffer' and then switch to the actual buffer to be displayed in
> the frame.

Then put a `sit-for' in `display-buffer-pop-up-frame' before it calls

> What you see is only the frame displayed (immediately) with the proper buffer.
> And that displayed frame, with the buffer it displays, is what has always
> been passed to the `after-make-frame-functions'.

Not necessarily - only when the buffer current at that time was also the
buffer finally displayed in that frame.

> And previously that frame was always displayed before `after-make-frame-*'
> was invoked.  So in a hook function you could do this, for example:
>  (save-window-excursion
>    (select-frame frame)
>    (setq specbuf-p
>          (and empty-buf-p
>               (special-display-p (buffer-name (window-buffer))))))
> And the `window-buffer' was the buffer that the frame displayed, which was
> already the buffer that the frame was created to display.

I miss you here.  For `display-buffer' the hook is called after the
frame has been "created" but before it is ascertained that it displays
the "right" buffer.

> Anyway, here is my question, given this discrepancy.  You want to make
> the buffer be consistent.

I want `display-buffer' DTRT.  This means that it should call
`make-frame' with the buffer to be displayed current.

> OK, But you have so far chosen the
> `current-buffer' as the buffer to use, perhaps from a reading of the
> doc string.  Why not instead choose the buffer that will be displayed
> in the frame, consistently?

But that's what I do: I make the buffer "that will be displayed in the
frame" current so `make-frame' assigns it immediately to the new frame's
root window.  And I have to do this in the buffer display code because I
cannot pass a buffer to `make-frame' just as I cannot pass a buffer to

> IOW, for your test above, always have the buffer be *Messages*, since
> that is the buffer displayed in the frame that is passed to
> `after-make-frame-functions'?

It's not passed.  It's the current buffer at the time
`after-make-frame-functions' is called.

> What is the use case for passing the
> frame, which will display (or is already displaying?) the *Messages*
> buffer, have as its root-window buffer some other buffer (*scratch*) that
> is not even displayed in that frame and perhaps never will be?

`make-frame' has been designed that way - display the current buffer in
the new frame.  Just as `split-window' displays the buffer shown in the
window to be split in the new window too.

> Sounds like you are suggesting the same thing I suggested immediately
> above, and you are providing code that implements that.  And yes, a
> quick trial indicates that that does seem to work, so far.  I will
> load that code at startup and let you know if I notice any problems.

Thanks, martin

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