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bug#15990: Bug-report: `sleep-for' doesn't sleep for expected period, ma

From: Teika Kazura
Subject: bug#15990: Bug-report: `sleep-for' doesn't sleep for expected period, maybe after async process invocation.
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:52:35 +0900 (JST)

Hi, Emacs developers.

* Bug description
`sleep-for' ends too early, by not sleeping for the expected time. It's 
speculated that it's caused by a termination of an asynchronous process. [1]

This bug does not always reproduce, but it often does.


* Environment
Gentoo Linux, Emacs-24.3 and 24.1.
Debian Linux, Emacs-23.2

MacOS X, too, according to a page. [1]

* Code to reproduce the bug
Do "emacs -q" and run the code below. It uses an external Unix command "sleep".
It has a line `(sleep-for 3)', but it *often* ends immediately. The last line 
judges the result so that you don't need a timer watch to confirm.

As far as I tested, the bug shows 100%, but if the bug doesn't reproduce, well, 
please try several times, or another environment.  ;-) (With the original code 
where I first met this problem, the bug occurrence rate exceeds 50%.)

(let ((buf "*sleep-for test*")
      (now (cadr (current-time))))
  (start-process "test" buf "sleep" "0.1")
  (sleep-for 3)
  (message "This should be t: %s" (< now (- (cadr (current-time)) 3))))

* Others
The following bug report may be related. Not sure.

I think I can compile the bzr latest snapshot. (But it takes me 20 min. to 
compile 24.3. :P)

Thank you very much. Best regards,

Teika (Teika kazura)

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