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[debbugs-tracker] bug#21952: closed (24.5; auto-revert-tail-mode doesn't

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Subject: [debbugs-tracker] bug#21952: closed (24.5; auto-revert-tail-mode doesn't work (perhaps because of nfs))
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:44:02 +0000

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(perhaps because of nfs)
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--- Begin Message --- Subject: 24.5; auto-revert-tail-mode doesn't work (perhaps because of nfs) Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:00:15 -0500
I'm accustomed to monitoring the log files of running jobs with emacs
using auto-revert-tail-mode.  This no longer works on Emacs 24, but 
works fine on previous versions of Emacs.  I don't know if the fact
that our disks are mounted via NFS is the problem or not, but I ran one
trial on a local disk in which auto-revert-tail-mode did work.


Standard form below:

emacs -Q logfile
M-x auto-revert-tail-mode

In GNU Emacs 24.5.1 (x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.20.1)
 of 2015-04-13 on ln-ddever
Windowing system distributor `Scientific Linux', version 11.0.11300000
System Description:     Red Hat Enterprise Linux Client release 6 (Carbon 
Update 4)

Configured using:
 `configure --prefix=/ddever/emacs/emacs-24.5'

Important settings:
  value of $LC_ALL: en_US
  locale-coding-system: iso-latin-1-unix

Major mode: Fundamental

Minor modes in effect:
  auto-revert-tail-mode: t
  tooltip-mode: t
  electric-indent-mode: t
  mouse-wheel-mode: t
  tool-bar-mode: t
  menu-bar-mode: t
  file-name-shadow-mode: t
  global-font-lock-mode: t
  font-lock-mode: t
  blink-cursor-mode: t
  auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-encryption-mode: t
  auto-compression-mode: t
  line-number-mode: t
  transient-mark-mode: t

Recent messages:
For information about GNU Emacs and the GNU system, type C-h C-a.
Mark set
File changed on disk, content may be missing.  Perform a full revert? (y or n) y
Reverting buffer `logfile'.

Load-path shadows:
None found.

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--- Begin Message --- Subject: Re: bug#21952: 24.5; auto-revert-tail-mode doesn't work (perhaps because of nfs) Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:43:33 +0200 User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1.50 (gnu/linux)
Dan Dever <address@hidden> writes:

Hi Dan,

> On 08/23/2016 04:22 AM, Michael Albinus wrote:
>> When autorevert detects a file on a known mount location,
>> `auto-revert-use-notify' is set to nil per default. See
>> `auto-revert-notify-exclude-dir-regexp', which uses
>> (regexp-opt '("/afs/" "/media/" "/mnt" "/net/" "/tmp_mnt/"))
>> Perhaps, the file Dan wants to watch is mounted somewhere else. In this
>> case I recommend to extend that variable.
>> Dan, could you check whether this works for you?
> This does work (tried it on emacs-25.0.95).
> I prefer just setting auto-revert-use-notify to nil, however, since
> we'd never be using auto-revert on locally mounted files anyways.  But
> thanks for mentioning the alternative.

Thanks for checking. So I will close this bug.

> What also works is the configuration switch that we recently
> discovered (and have used to build 25.1-rc1/-rc2):
> "--with-file-notification=no".
> I'm not sure I understand the preference for using a file notification
> utility by default for auto-revert when that utility only works on
> locally mounted files.  I haven't worked in an environment where our
> storage has been locally mounted in decades, and I've never had a
> reason to use auto-revert at home.

There are good reasons for file notifications. Think about working in a
git-controlled directory of source files, where file changes could
happen outside Emacs. You want to be informed about, immediately.

But if you don't need it, it is totally OK to compile without file
notification support.

> Thanks,
> Dan

Best regards, Michael.

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