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Re: Two questions about overlays

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Two questions about overlays
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2023 17:03:56 +0200

> From: dalanicolai <dalanicolai@gmail.com>
> Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2023 14:39:36 +0100
> Cc: emacs-devel@gnu.org
> In this example code, I am simply displaying all images at once,
> because I am assuming that the images in the directory are not too
> many and that they are small (which is not a very reasonable
> assumption, but this is just my personal 'test' function).
> Indeed, the example does not call sit-for, because it should show that
> the printed number of overlays, is the number of all images in the
> directory (instead of only the number of images currently on the
> screen, i.e. within '(overlays-in (window-start) (window-end))' ).

You assume that window-start and window-end will reliably tell you the
beginning and end of the window in the middle of a Lisp program?
Their doc strings explicitly say that the values are updated by
redisplay.  window-end is specifically documented to be accurate only
after redisplay ends.  I believe this is why you need to call sit-for:
that function triggers redisplay.

> B.t.w. I am using Emacs 29 (and 30), and the overlay-recenter is still there.
> Maybe it would be handy to remove it then?

We don't want to remove it because that could break some third-party
packages.  So we made the function do nothing instead.

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