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RE: Message queue for Emacs?

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: Message queue for Emacs?
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:47:44 -0700 (PDT)

> >> a lot of Emacs commands send a (message "...") for a user in the echo
> >> area.  Now imagine a command that sends more than of them (not unlikely
> >> e.g. if there are a few hooks, each printing a message).  Of course,
> >> only the last one is then visible.  Is there any way for the next
> >> message to be printed with some delay, so that the previous one is
> >> still visible, say, for a second or two?
> >>
> >> I know about C-h e (view-echo-area-messages), but this is not what I'm
> >> after.
> >
> > See `sit-for' and `sleep-for'.
> The disadvantage of that is that it would be blocking.

Not `sit-for'.

> It could be
> interesting if Emacs just piled up messages and displayed them one per
> second, without blocking whatever comes next.

(message "A") (sit-for 1.0) (message "B") (sit-for 1.0) ...
(message "Z")

> If whatever comes next waits for user input in the minibuffer,
> hitting any key would cancel/flush the rest of the queue.

Again, `sit-for' does that, and regardless of whether input is
to the minibuffer.  Any user event cancels and flushes.

> I can imagine all kinds of things going wrong, but it could be fun.

It's unclear just what the OP is asking for (or why).

If code issues calls to `message' in sequence, and if it wants
to be sure the user sees messages other than just the last one,
then a wait after each is appropriate, whether blocking or not.

`sleep-for' blocks.  `sit-for' does not, but it waits the
allotted time if there is no user event.

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