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bug#34720: 26.1; Reverting a GPG buffer moves all markers to the end of

From: Lars Ingebrigtsen
Subject: bug#34720: 26.1; Reverting a GPG buffer moves all markers to the end of the file
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 09:14:22 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

> IOW, there's no guarantee that markers will be preserved across
> operations that replace text.

No, but we have a small handful of functions that do best effort...  but
they're deep in the C code and not accessible.

Finsert_file_contents has this:

  /* Replacement should preserve point as it preserves markers.  */
  if (!NILP (replace))
      window_markers = get_window_points_and_markers ();
      record_unwind_protect (restore_point_unwind,
                             XCAR (XCAR (window_markers)));

  if (inserted > 0)
    restore_window_points (window_markers, inserted,
                           BYTE_TO_CHAR (same_at_start),

The problem that this bug report addresses is that Lisp level functions
that implement special handlers for insert-file-contents (in this case,
epa-file-insert-file-contents) doesn't have access to the internals
necessary to give the user the same experience that the built-in version
gives the user.

My suggestion is basically to make DEFUN shims over
get_window_points_and_markers/restore_window_points, and create a new
macro `with-saved-markers' that would use that pair to do this cheap,
best-effort thing that Finsert_file_contents does.

> But I'm not opposed to adding support for string as the source for
> replacement.  Just be aware that the code which access such a string
> must be highly optimized, because it is executed in the innermost loop
> of the code.

I just had a peek at the code, and it indeed highly optimised...

>> No wonder this function has gotten one single usage after it was
>> introduced two years ago.  (Well, one usage to
>> replace-region-contents, which then calls the function.)  (Unless
>> I'm grepping wrong.)
> replace-region-contents is used in json.el.

Yes, that's the one single usage of this machinery.

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