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bug#27191: 26.0.50; Long history items in minibuffer (again)

From: Stephen Berman
Subject: bug#27191: 26.0.50; Long history items in minibuffer (again)
Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2017 23:17:24 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.0.50 (gnu/linux)

On Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:01:04 +0200 Stephen Berman <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Thu, 01 Jun 2017 22:46:15 +0200 Stephen Berman <address@hidden> wrote:
>> 0. emacs -Q
>> 1. C-x C-f
>> ~/foo/bar/very/long/file/name/that/overflows/minibuffer/window/line/when/displayed
>> <RET>
>> 2. C-x C-f <up>
>> => The file name entered in step 1 appears in the minibuffer, with point
>>    on the "w" of "when" (i.e., column 80, the end of the visual line).
>> If at step 2 instead of <up> you type `M-p', then point is at the end of
>> the file name in the minibuffer.  This is what I expected for <up> too.
>> The result with <up> is due to the fix for bug#22544.  In the bug thread
>> (http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-gnu-emacs/2016-02/msg00357.html),
>> the above problem was noted:
>>> > Can't we special-case a line that isn't broken into several visual
>>> > lines, and put the cursor at the end of such lines only?  That'd be
>>> > the best.
>>> The problem here is that like bash and other shells with histories do,
>>> we need to put the cursor at the end of the previous history element
>>> so the user can start editing it immediately (usually deleting the chars
>>> from the end of the logical line).  OTOH, a subsequent <UP> should
>>> continue navigating the history and put the next previous element to the
>>> minibuffer.  But then <UP> can't be used to move between visual lines.
>>> This is a lose-lose situation, unless we'll find some clever DWIM.
>> The attached patch isn't particularly clever, but (unless I've
>> overlooked something)
> Oops, I did.

I also overlooked that <down> on such a long line in the minibuffer
moves visually to the overflowing part of the element, rather than
immediately going to the next history element; this is likewise fixed by
the corresponding patch to next-line-or-history-element:

diff --git a/lisp/simple.el b/lisp/simple.el
index ea3a495fbc..7914fc1fae 100644
--- a/lisp/simple.el
+++ b/lisp/simple.el
@@ -2106,7 +2106,16 @@ next-line-or-history-element
     (condition-case nil
-         (next-line arg))
+         ;; If the history element consists of a single line longer
+         ;; than window-width, move by logical lines to hit
+         ;; end-of-buffer immediately and get the next history
+         ;; element.  Otherwise, move by visual lines.
+         (if (and (save-excursion
+                    (end-of-line)
+                    (> (current-column) (window-width)))
+                  (= (line-number-at-pos) 1))
+             (next-logical-line arg)
+           (next-line arg)))
        ;; Restore old position since `line-move-visual' moves point to
        ;; the end of the line when it fails to go to the next line.

(Unlike with previous-line-or-history-element, with without
next-line-or-history-element I don't see any difference with or without
an explicit call to end-of-line at the end.)

Steve Berman

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