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bug#20299: 25.0.50; File notification is not working

From: Sean McAfee
Subject: bug#20299: 25.0.50; File notification is not working
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:39:48 -0700

I recently started a new job, where I have been supplied with the laptop
I'm now using.  I noticed that magit-auto-revert-mode was not having any
effect; checking out a new branch using Magit did not revert any of the
buffers visiting files which were different on the previous branch.

I dug into the source and found that the culprit is the function
auto-revert-handler, and specifically the _expression_:

(or (not auto-revert-use-notify)

auto-revert-use-notify had a value of t, and yet
auto-revert-notify-modified-p was nil even in buffers whose associated
files had changed out from under them.  I verified this visiting a file,
then repeatedly issuing the shell command "echo foo >> my-file" and then
evaluating the _expression_ (auto-revert-handler) with M-:, but the file
never got reverted.

I found a note to the effect that this feature would only be active if
Emacs had been compiled with file notification support.  I would have
expected auto-revert-use-notify to be given a suitable default value
depending on whether such support was available, but in any case I went
to my local emacs git repo, pulled down the latest changes, and
recompiled after providing the --with-file-notification=inotify flag to
configure.  Even after this change, though, file notification still
isn't working.

I can just set auto-revert-use-notify to nil going forward, but it would
be nice to get file notification working as intended.

In GNU Emacs (x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.12.2)
 of 2015-04-10 on sean-Latitude-E7440
Repository revision: f55ea05bdf60e24c09f9064fc0d2e8a114d6e358
Windowing system distributor `The X.Org Foundation', version 11.0.11600000
System Description:    Ubuntu 14.10

Configured using:
 `configure --with-file-notification=inotify'

Configured features:

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

Major mode: Shell

Minor modes in effect:
  recentf-mode: t
  projectile-global-mode: t
  projectile-mode: t
  global-anzu-mode: t
  anzu-mode: t
  magit-auto-revert-mode: t
  shell-dirtrack-mode: t
  diff-auto-refine-mode: t
  google-this-mode: t
  global-flycheck-mode: t
  minibuffer-depth-indicate-mode: t
  ido-everywhere: t
  global-undo-tree-mode: t
  undo-tree-mode: t
  override-global-mode: t
  show-paren-mode: t
  electric-pair-mode: t
  savehist-mode: t
  desktop-save-mode: t
  tooltip-mode: t
  global-eldoc-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 messages:
Cleaning up the recentf list...done (2 removed)
Template key:
Clipboard pasted as level 4 subtree
C-c C-g is undefined
ad-handle-definition: `bookmark-jump' got redefined
Saving bookmarks to file ~/.emacs.d/bookmarks...
Wrote /home/sean/.emacs.d/bookmarks
Saving bookmarks to file ~/.emacs.d/bookmarks...done
Wrote /home/sean/done.org

Load-path shadows:
~/emacs/japanese hides /usr/local/share/emacs/25.0.50/lisp/language/japanese

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Memory information:
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