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Re: [O] Org-edit-special and C-x C-s strange behavior

From: Leo Alekseyev
Subject: Re: [O] Org-edit-special and C-x C-s strange behavior
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 22:56:42 -0600

On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 7:40 PM, Leo Alekseyev <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Eric S Fraga <address@hidden> writes:
>>> What version of org are you using?  I ask because I used to experience
>>> the annoyance you describe a while back; more recently (since at least a
>>> few months ago), hitting C-x C-s no longer has any negative impact: it
>>> saves the file, or at least appears to.
>>> You still have to C-c ' to get back to the full buffer, mind you, but
>>> that's better, IMO, than changing the behaviour of such a fundamental
>>> key binding as C-x C-s.
> It appears that this bug is Emacs-version dependent: it functions as
> you describe with 23.2, but the buffer gets buried (with an error
> message "basic-save-buffer: Wrong type argument: stringp, nil") in
> 24.0.92.  Org mode is the current git HEAD.  I tried to step through
> basic-save-buffer in edebug, but I couldn't catch the error (I'm not
> very experienced with edebug).  Can someone test this on Emacs 24 and
> confirm what I'm seeing?

I've done some more digging into why this is broken. I see a few
issues, but no clear indication of where the problem is.  This,
however, should be fixed: pressing C-x C-s should not break window

On Emacs 24, with latest Org:

1. Somehow, (org-edit-src-save) screws up the window configuration and
buries the source edit buffer.  It appears that save-window-excursion
is not restoring windows correctly.  What's going on exactly is
unclear: in the process of getting saved, the source edit buffer is
killed and subsequently restored with   (org-src-switch-to-buffer
buffer 'edit).  Maybe this doesn't play well with
save-window-excursion in Emacs 24?

I stepped through the calls in Emacs 23 and 24, and it all looks
identical -- except for in 24, the call to save-window-excursion does
not in fact restore windows.

2. In file.el:4435 (basic-save-buffer)
(nthcdr 10 (file-attributes buffer-file-name)) often leads to
wrong-type-argument error.  The reason for this is that
buffer-file-name sometimes corresponds to the "base" .org buffer (no
error in this case), sometimes it corresponds to the name of the
src-edit buffer and sometimes it's nil (leads to wrong-type-argument
error).  By this point, the file should have been written using
'write-contents-functions that is set to (org-edit-src-save), so I
don't know if this error is important (nonetheless, buffer-file-name
should probably be valid).

3. Related, in the same function:
    (if (or (buffer-modified-p)
            ;; handle the case when no modification has been made but
            ;; the file disappeared since visited
            (and buffer-file-name
                 (not (file-exists-p buffer-file-name))))

This if statement is always triggered, because buffer-file-name is not
nil, and because the buffer doesn't correspond to the file.  (Note
that in Emacs 23 this was just (if (buffer-modified-p)...).  This is
not be the appropriate behavior, but it persists because
buffer-file-name is not nil (which it probably should be).


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