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From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Image cache
Date: Tue, 07 Feb 2006 12:52:45 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110004 (No Gnus v0.4) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

After generating different images in the same file and visiting them after
every change in Emacs, I noticed that the displayed image doesn't
get updated.  Later I found the variable image-cache-eviction-delay and
changed its value to a small delay (1 sec), but it didn't have any effect
contrary to its documentation: the changed image was not updated in
the cache.  It seems this behavior is caused by the constant value
#define CLEAR_IMAGE_CACHE_COUNT 101 that checks the value of
image-cache-eviction-delay only on 101-st redisplay.  Surely, I can use
(add-hook 'post-command-hook 'clear-image-cache), but this is not
a general solution.

OTOH, I don't see why I should change the value of image-cache-eviction-delay,
if it is Emacs' job to update the cache when the image data changes.
So I found that updating the image cache after visiting an new image
was correct before the 2006-01-30 change in image-mode.el:

        * image-mode.el (image-toggle-display): Use file name if possible,
        instead of unnecessarily allocating a (possibly huge) lisp string.

But I don't blame this change.  It is a good optimization, but it
revealed a problem in cache processing code.  This code doesn't update
the cache for the file name when the file contents changes.

Juri Linkov

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