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bug#15628: 24.3.50; ns-get-selection-internal quits on unsupported paste

From: Sebastian Wiesner
Subject: bug#15628: 24.3.50; ns-get-selection-internal quits on unsupported pasteboard content on OS X
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2013 14:03:32 +0200

2013/10/16 Jan Djärv <address@hidden>:
> Hello.
> I've removed the FQuit in trunk.

Great, thank you!

>         Jan D.
> 16 okt 2013 kl. 09:11 skrev Sebastian Wiesner <address@hidden>:
>> On OS X 10.8, "ns-get-selection-internal" calls quit on unsupported
>> pasteboard content, such as images.
>> This behaviour breaks all yanking and killing.  The quit signal
>> interrupts "kill-new" and "current-kill" while these functions try to
>> retrieve the pasteboard content via "ns-get-pasteboard" (called by
>> "x-selection-value", which is the default "interprogram-paste-function"
>> on OS X), which internally calls "ns-get-selection-internal".
>> Hence, "kill-new" fails to save the given kill to the kill ring, and
>> "current-kill" fails to pop the latest kill from the kill ring.
>> To reproduce, start Emacs, set "save-interprogram-paste-before-kill" to
>> t, copy an image (e.g. from an iPhoto Library), and then try to yank or
>> kill.  For the latter, the following stacktrace is given with
>> "debug-on-quit":
>> Debugger entered--Lisp error: (quit "empty or unsupported pasteboard type")
>>  ns-get-selection-internal(CLIPBOARD)
>>  ns-get-pasteboard()
>>  x-selection-value()
>>  kill-new(#("elisp-slime-nav" 0 15 (fontified t face 
>> font-lock-constant-face)))
>>  copy-region-as-kill(39166 39181)
>>  kill-ring-save(39166 39181)
>>  #<subr call-interactively>(kill-ring-save nil nil)
>>  ad-Advice-call-interactively(#<subr call-interactively> kill-ring-save nil 
>> nil)
>>  apply(ad-Advice-call-interactively #<subr call-interactively> 
>> (kill-ring-save nil nil))
>>  call-interactively(kill-ring-save nil nil)
>>  command-execute(kill-ring-save)
>> This unfortunate interaction makes "save-interprogram-paste-before-kill"
>> nearly useless on OS X, because the user always needs to inspect the
>> pasteboard manually and remove content unsupported by Emacs before being
>> able to reliably kill and yank.
>> I think "ns-get-selection-interal" should simply ignore unknown
>> pasteboard content, or at least respect a user option to ignore unknown
>> pasteboard content.  This unknown content is of no use to Emacs anyway,
>> so there is no point in even trying to put it onto the kill ring.

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