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Re: Miles' patch still fixes xfaces.c

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Miles' patch still fixes xfaces.c
Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 18:40:14 -0400

    The recent change to xfaces.c has not fixed the problem that
    no one can permanently change
            :weight bold 
            :weight normal
    in the variable `mode-line-buffer-identification', which is
    buffer-local and in other places.

I don't remember the issue.  What does it mean to "permanently change"
this?  And why can't you do it?  What happens if you try?

    Fortunately, Miles Bader posted a semi-fix on 18 Dec 2002.  This was a
    `semi-fix' because his code sometimes led to a race condition and a
    crash in Emacs.  But not very often.

    Mile's patch is

        diff -u -r1.266 xfaces.c
        --- src/xfaces.c        17 Nov 2002 23:51:19 -0000      1.266
        +++ src/xfaces.c        18 Dec 2002 05:26:34 -0000

What is the change?  (I gather the change was not installed.)

Can Miles explain what caused the problem?
Maybe we can find a better fix based on that info.

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