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bug#25592: Feature request: sorting overlays

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#25592: Feature request: sorting overlays
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2017 23:17:58 +0200

> Cc: address@hidden
> From: Clément Pit--Claudel <address@hidden>
> Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2017 10:19:15 -0500
> >> I'm writing a function that copies overlay properties to text properties.
> > 
> > That function probably converts overlays by traversing buffer
> > positions from beginning to end, no?  Then overlays-at should be what
> > you need, and next-overlay-change is your friend to move to the next
> > "interesting" position when you are done with this one.
> > 
> > Isn't that what you are doing?
> No: I'm iterating over all overlays, and applying them one by one.

Why not do it as I suggest?  Then your problems with sorting will be
solved as a nice side-effect.

> >> I reimplemented compare_overlays in ELisp, but that seems brittle.
> > 
> > How did you implement in Lisp the "last resort" of comparison, which
> > compares addresses of the C structs?
> I didn't :)

So it isn't really a solution ;-)

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