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Re: beginning-on-line oddness

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: beginning-on-line oddness
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2012 19:49:23 +0200

> From: Lars Ingebrigtsen <address@hidden>
> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2012 17:29:07 +0100
> Gnus has a mode where it uses that there "ellipsis" thing to hide
> summary lines.
> `beginning-of-line' now doesn't move to the beginning of the line, but
> to the beginning of one of the hidden lines, apparently.
> So I thought this might do the trick:
>     (while (not (bolp))
>       (forward-line 0))
> Nope.
> But if I do that, and then do it again, then it works.  That is, if I
> let the display loop run a bit, then it gets past the hidden line
> ending.  Or something.
> The documentation of `beginning-of-line' looks to be written in a
> strange, foreign language that I can't make heads or tails of.
> "Fields"?  What's a "field"?
> So is this a bug or are we now supposed to replace all our
> `beginning-of-line' calls with something new that makes point go to the
> beginning of the line?

Hard to tell without a simple reproducible recipe.  (No, I don't use
Gnus.)  Can this be shown in 'emacs -Q"?

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