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bug#18336: 24.4.50; When editing externally changed file, Emacs asks too

From: David Kastrup
Subject: bug#18336: 24.4.50; When editing externally changed file, Emacs asks too many questions
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:44:11 +0200

When editing an externally changed file (under version control, no idea
whether that is related), I get the following questions (see below in
the input and output section).

It does not make sense at all for Emacs to ask

smob-convert.sh changed on disk; really edit the buffer? (y, n, r or C-h) y

as a reply to me typing C-x C-s since C-x C-s is _not_ a request to edit
the buffer.  It is a request to save the file _after_ editing the
buffer, and I already discussed the consequences of editing and saving
with Emacs previously.

Apart from being annoying by asking me the same question several times,
the question does not even make any sense the second time round.
I never know whether Emacs requires me to answer this quite nonsensical
question with "y" or "n" in order to write the changed buffer, and what
will happen in either of the two cases of answering this no longer
applicable question.

In GNU Emacs (i686-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.10.8)
 of 2014-07-28 on lola
Windowing system distributor `The X.Org Foundation', version 11.0.11501000
System Description:     Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS

Configured using:
 `configure --without-toolkit-scroll-bars'

Configured features:

Important settings:
  value of $LC_MONETARY: en_US.UTF-8
  value of $LC_NUMERIC: en_US.UTF-8
  value of $LC_TIME: en_US.UTF-8
  value of $LANG: en_US.UTF-8
  value of $XMODIFIERS: @im=ibus
  locale-coding-system: utf-8-unix

Major mode: Shell-script

Minor modes in effect:
  sh-electric-here-document-mode: t
  shell-dirtrack-mode: t
  diff-auto-refine-mode: t
  TeX-PDF-mode: t
  desktop-save-mode: t
  minibuffer-electric-default-mode: t
  tooltip-mode: t
  electric-indent-mode: t
  mouse-wheel-mode: t
  menu-bar-mode: t
  file-name-shadow-mode: t
  global-font-lock-mode: t
  font-lock-mode: t
  blink-cursor-mode: t
  auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-encryption-mode: t
  auto-compression-mode: t
  line-number-mode: t

Recent input:
<down> C-x r t # SPC <return> y <backspace> <backspace> 
C-x C-s y e s <return> y

Recent messages:
smob-convert.sh changed on disk; really edit the buffer? (y, n, r or C-h) y
File on disk now will become a backup file if you save these changes.
Saving file /usr/local/tmp/lilypond/scripts/auxiliar/smob-convert.sh...
smob-convert.sh changed on disk; really edit the buffer? (y, n, r or C-h) y
File on disk now will become a backup file if you save these changes.
Wrote /usr/local/tmp/lilypond/scripts/auxiliar/smob-convert.sh

Load-path shadows:
None found.

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Memory information:
((conses 8 936702 107452)
 (symbols 24 62111 274)
 (miscs 20 1517 5186)
 (strings 16 173785 25925)
 (string-bytes 1 4819519)
 (vectors 8 55012)
 (vector-slots 4 1881617 31930)
 (floats 8 524 1344)
 (intervals 28 65318 2112)
 (buffers 512 230)
 (heap 1024 73167 13542))

David Kastrup

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