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pgg-gpg.el - pgg-gpg-process-region timing problem

From: ken manheimer
Subject: pgg-gpg.el - pgg-gpg-process-region timing problem
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2008 13:37:11 -0400

allout encryption, which depends on pgg.el &c, has been failing due to
a weird timing problem i've narrowed down to the
pgg-gpg-process-region function.  this is in emacs 23.0.60 built from
a CVS HEAD checkout of an hour or so ago, and some earlier 23.0.60
versions.  i've reproduced the problem using emacs -q and regularly
launched emacs, etc.

the problem is that pgg-gpg-process-region often returns a nil status
despite successful decryption, unless a delay (eg, (sleep-for .3) is
inserted between process start and later interaction with the process.
 with the delay, the status is something like 207 or 208, while
without it the status is nil - yet, on examination the content is
sucessfully decrypted.

the size of the delay needs to be increased when the machine is
heavily loaded, and can be reduced (on my thinkpad t43 2 GHz laptop,
3Gb ram, running kubuntu 8.0.4 +) to no lower than (sleep-for .2).
rarely, the proper status is returned without the delay, depending on
the machine load and other things i can't identify.  considering the
real-time sensitivity of the problem, your mileage will almost
certainly vary!

i originally thought the problem might be in gpg, but now figure it
resides either in the emacs process mechanism, pgg's use of that, or
somewhere in the combination of emacs and pgg.

i've created a simple .el script, pggprob.el, with minimal code and
data to produce the problem, and a patch, pggprob-patch.txt, with a
single-line modification to pgg-gpg-process-region to work around the
problem.  both are attached.  since the workaround is merely a timing
delay, it's clearly not a fix!  i'm hoping this is enough to enable
others to reproduce the problem, and investigate...

If Emacs crashed, and you have the Emacs process in the gdb debugger,
please include the output from the following gdb commands:
    `bt full' and `xbacktrace'.
If you would like to further debug the crash, please read the file
/home/klm/src/emacs-HEAD/etc/DEBUG for instructions.

In GNU Emacs (i686-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.12.9)
 of 2008-06-22 on twist
Windowing system distributor `The X.Org Foundation', version 11.0.10400090
Important settings:
  value of $LC_ALL: nil
  value of $LC_COLLATE: nil
  value of $LC_CTYPE: nil
  value of $LC_MESSAGES: nil
  value of $LC_MONETARY: nil
  value of $LC_NUMERIC: nil
  value of $LC_TIME: nil
  value of $LANG: en_US.UTF-8
  value of $XMODIFIERS: nil
  locale-coding-system: utf-8-unix
  default-enable-multibyte-characters: t

Major mode: Emacs-Lisp

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

Recent input:
C-x C-f <M-backspace> <M-backspace> <M-backspace> l
i b / e m a <tab> a l l <tab> s c r <tab> p g g p <tab>
<return> M-x e v a l - c u r <tab> <return> M-. C-g
M-> C-x C-e M-x e m a c s <M-backspace> r e p o r t
- e m <tab> <return>

Recent messages:
For information about GNU Emacs and the GNU system, type C-h C-a.
Source file `/home/klm/src/emacs-HEAD/lisp/pgg-gpg.el' newer than
byte-compiled file
Mark set

Attachment: pggprob.el
Description: Binary data

Attachment: pgg-patch.txt
Description: Text document

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