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bug#15377: 24.1; erc-mode-line-update-buffer can mishandle updates when

From: Vivek Dasmohapatra
Subject: bug#15377: 24.1; erc-mode-line-update-buffer can mishandle updates when there is no topic
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 01:32:40 +0100

Very rarely, erc can start throwing lots of errors inside its process
sentinel - a couple of users on #emacs also reported it recently:

[conversation edited for noise]
<xxxx> sigh, periodically, my erc … "error in process
       filter: Invalid format character: `%o'"

<yyyy> xxxx: I've seen this error a few times before--typically when my
       bouncer has just experienced connection difficulties and is in a
       disconnect/reconnect thrash.

I tracked it down to:

erc-header-line-format: "%n on %t (%m,%l) %o"

And in erc-update-mode-line-buffer:

    (let ((spec (format-spec-make
                 ?o (erc-controls-strip erc-channel-topic)

And then:

    (format-spec erc-header-line-format spec)

But erc-controls-strip can return nil, which does make format-spec
choke on "%o", since it does not differentiate between a spec with
no ?o element and one containing ?o nil.

The following should fix it:

--- a/lisp/erc/erc.el
+++ b/lisp/erc/erc.el
@@ -6210,7 +6210,7 @@ if `erc-away' is non-nil."
                 ?m (erc-format-channel-modes)
                 ?n (or (erc-current-nick) "")
                 ?N (erc-format-network)
-                ?o (erc-controls-strip erc-channel-topic)
+                ?o (or (erc-controls-strip erc-channel-topic) "")
                 ?p (erc-port-to-string erc-session-port)
                 ?s (erc-format-target-and/or-server)
                 ?S (erc-format-target-and/or-network)

I have no real test recipe, since the error is intermittent and
I don't know what makes the erc-channel-topic degrade to nil,
but you can try this:

M-: (let (erc-channel-topic) (erc-update-mode-line-buffer (current-buffer)))

with an erc-buffer current.

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