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bug#18337: 24.4.50; apropos fails on "scroll"

From: Detlev Zundel
Subject: bug#18337: 24.4.50; apropos fails on "scroll"
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:13:15 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4.50 (gnu/linux)

Hi Stefan,

[added Dmitry on CC as the changelog seems to make a connection to the
problem at hand]

>> (when (setq properties (symbol-plist 'vertical-scroll-bar))
>>   (setq doc (list (car properties)))
>>   (while (setq properties (cdr (cdr properties)))
>>     (setq doc (cons (car properties) doc)))
>>   (nreverse doc))
>> => (0 event-symbol-element-mask event-symbol-elements modifier-cache 
>> variable-documentation)
>> Applying 'symbol-name to that list then yields the error.
> Note that, while convention is to use a symbol for property names, that
> is not the only valid choice.  0 is a valid property name (tho an odd
> one, arguably).

I think in this case it actually caught an error though.

> So while this 0 should probably be changed the mapconcat code that burps
> on it should probably be changed not to assume that only symbols will
> be used as property names.

Looking deeper, it turns out that the 0 results from this:


  DEFSYM (Qvertical_scroll_bar, "vertical-scroll-bar");
  Fput (Qvertical_scroll_bar, Qchoice, list4 (Qnil, Qt, Qleft, Qright));
  DEFSYM (Qhorizontal_scroll_bar, "horizontal-scroll-bar");

  DEFSYM (Qfraction, "fraction");
  Fput (Qfraction, Qrange, Fcons (make_float (0.0), make_float (1.0)));

  DEFSYM (Qoverwrite_mode, "overwrite-mode");
  Fput (Qoverwrite_mode, Qchoice,
        list3 (Qnil, intern ("overwrite-mode-textual"),
               intern ("overwrite-mode-binary")));

As far as I can tell, it should thus really be 'choice.  Actually both
vertical-scroll-bar and overwrite-mode have the problem:

(symbol-plist 'vertical-scroll-bar)

=> (0 (nil t left right) event-symbol-element-mask (vertical-scroll-bar 0) 
event-symbol-elements (vertical-scroll-bar) modifier-cache ((0 . 
vertical-scroll-bar)) variable-documentation 374228)

(symbol-plist 'overwrite-mode)

=> (0 (nil overwrite-mode-textual overwrite-mode-binary) 
event-symbol-element-mask (overwrite-mode 0) event-symbol-elements 
(overwrite-mode) modifier-cache ((0 . overwrite-mode)) :minor-mode-function 
binary-overwrite-mode variable-documentation 370277)

The changelog mentions this

2014-07-16  Dmitry Antipov  <address@hidden>

        More precise control over values of some buffer-local variables.
        * keyboard.c (Qvertical_scroll_bar):
        * frame.c (Qleft, Qright): Move to ...
        * buffer.c (Qleft, Qright, Qvertical_scroll_bar): ... here.
        * buffer.c (Qchoice, Qrange, Qoverwrite_mode, Qfraction): New symbols.
        (syms_of_buffer): DEFSYM all of the above, attach special properties.
        Use special symbols to DEFVAR_PER_BUFFER overwrite-mode,
        vertical-scroll-bar, scroll-up-aggressively
        and scroll-down-aggressively.

Dmitry, do you know why the construct for choice fails?

We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not
admire it.  The only excuse  for making  a useless  thing is that one
admires it intensely.
                                    --- Oscar Wilde

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