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bug#34094: 27.0.50; (wrong-type-argument stringp (require . elec-pair))

From: Tassilo Horn
Subject: bug#34094: 27.0.50; (wrong-type-argument stringp (require . elec-pair)) with describe-function (and other commands)
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:46:06 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

>> >> Starting program: /home/horn/Repos/el/emacs/src/emacs 
>> >> [Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
>> >> Using host libthread_db library "/usr/lib/libthread_db.so.1".
>> >> [New Thread 0x7fffeea70700 (LWP 25211)]
>> >> [Detaching after vfork from child process 25212]
>> >> [New Thread 0x7fffee22d700 (LWP 25213)]
>> >> [New Thread 0x7fffed2b2700 (LWP 25214)]
>> >> [Detaching after vfork from child process 25215]
>> >> [Detaching after vfork from child process 25216]
>> >> [Detaching after vfork from child process 25217]
>> >> [Detaching after vfork from child process 25218]
>> >> [Detaching after vfork from child process 25219]
>> >
>> > Any idea what are all those vforks about?  Is this something caused
>> > by your init files?
>> I don't get them with run -Q, so I guess it's something in my init
>> file.  When I try again, now I only get 21 vforks instead of the 132
>> I've had before.
>> If I were keen to know what's the cause, how would I find out?
> If your customizations cause a lot of processes to be launched at
> startup, then the above is expected.  Otherwise, I'd suggest to look
> for some code which might launch such processes which you didn't
> intend.

I temporarily added

  (advice-add 'call-process :before #'debug)
  (advice-add 'start-process :before #'debug)

to my ~/.emacs and restarted, and there are several packages which
invoke external commands at startup, e.g., Magit trying to figure out
the defaults I've set in my ~/.gitconfig.  So that seems to be expected.


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