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bug#22983: syntax-ppss returns wrong result.


From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: bug#22983: syntax-ppss returns wrong result.
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 17:40:27 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.7.2 (2016-11-26)

Hello, Eli.

On Sat, Sep 02, 2017 at 16:12:48 +0300, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> unblock 24655 by 22983
> thanks

> > From: Dmitry Gutov <address@hidden>
> > Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2016 02:15:50 +0300
> > Cc: Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden>, address@hidden

> > On 04/04/2016 01:58 AM, John Wiegley wrote:

> > > Have things reached a satisfactory conclusion now?  It was hard for me to 
> > > tell
> > > by the end of this thread.

> > It's a separate discussion, see 
> > http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-devel/2016-03/msg01576.html

> > > Sure, though it's experimental nature does get taken into account. If a 
> > > thing
> > > is wrong, I'm not interested in accommodating existing workarounds to its
> > > wrongness.

> > What experimental nature?

> It doesn't sound like this discussion is leading anywhere, and since
> almost 1.5 years has passed with no comments, I guess this bug doesn't
> need to block the release of Emacs 26.1, at least.

I'm not happy about this.  22983 is a serious design flaw, which has had
deleterious effects deep within Emacs.  One recorded example, resulting
in an infinite loop, is:

#########################################################################
From: Philipp Stephani <address@hidden>
To: address@hidden
Subject: [PATCH] Protect against an infloop in python-mode
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:31:49 +0100

There appears to be an edge case caused by using `syntax-ppss' in a
narrowed buffer during JIT lock inside of Python triple-quote strings.
Unfortunately it is impossible to reproduce without manually
destroying the syntactic information in the Python buffer, but it has
been observed in practice.  In that case it can happen that the syntax
caches get sufficiently out of whack so that there appear to be
overlapping strings in the buffer.  As Python has no nested strings,
this situation is impossible and leads to an infloop in
`python-nav-end-of-statement'.  Protect against this by checking
whether the search for the end of the current string makes progress.
#########################################################################

In this case, Philipp had to apply a workaround.

Seeing as how Stefan is not prepared to take responsibility for his own
bugs, I suggest that I fix it, something I really don't want to spend
time on.  Before I do start spending time on it, I would like some
assurance that my fix will not be blocked or reverted (both have happened
to other things in the core I've worked on), and that I will have a
reasonable amount of time to get the job done (a few weeks) before any
freeze for Emacs 25.3 or 26 comes into force.

> Thanks.

-- 
Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).





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