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bug#15801: 24.3.50; bar scrolling freezes gtk emacs

From: Jarek Czekalski
Subject: bug#15801: 24.3.50; bar scrolling freezes gtk emacs
Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:04:05 +0100
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Thank you for the attempt. It must be very difficult to work on it, without being able to reproduce as easily as it happens on my side.

The attempt failed. The code you inserted is never reached. Even if I make it reachable (reducing the condition to "interrupt_input" or make it executed always), still hanging occurs with the same ease.

What you fix is probably introduced a very long time ago (before r31171), with copy and paste programming method. This could be more readable as part of STOP_POLLING and RESUME_POLLING macros (or maybe even part of stop_polling?). I prepared a patch making it so. This has nothing to do with copyright, the idea is yours, so please don't credit me in this case. Anyway I posted an assignment 2 weeks ago, maybe it arrived already. This is only code rearrangement, without any behavior change, so you may skip it as well.

Further discoveries:
1. Making unrequest_sigio never called does not remove the freeze (in one attempt it even appeared sooner) 2. Placing STOP_POLLING (patched, containing unrequest) at the very beginning of redisplay_internal seems to make no detectable change
Maybe one of these changes would make it reproducable at your box?

When I was debugging threading issues in Java I used a function debugDelay(int n) which simulated computations. This could be inserted in various places to make bugs reproducable by anyone. Of course finding the right place(s) is truly difficult. Maybe this method could be applied here. If we don't have such a helper function, I can write it. It must trick the compiler, so it not optimize the fictional loop. But I can't help in finding the right place to insert it, because I reproduce it in a blink of an eye.


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