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Ignore spurious focus events for ‘after-focus-change-function’

From: Andrea Greselin
Subject: Ignore spurious focus events for ‘after-focus-change-function’
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:26:32 +0100

Hello everyone, I'm on Emacs 27.1, Fedora 33, GNOME 3.38.2.

In the latest ‘NEWS’ it is reported that

> The hooks ‘focus-in-hook’ and ‘focus-out-hook’ are now obsolete.
> Instead, attach to ‘after-focus-change-function’ using
> ‘add-function’ and inspect the focus state of each frame using
> ‘frame-focus-state’.

The documentation for ‘after-focus-change-function’ says

> Depending on window system, focus events may also be delivered
> repeatedly and with different focus states before settling to the
> expected values. Code relying on focus notifications should
> "debounce" any user-visible updates arising from focus changes,
> perhaps by deferring work until redisplay.

Indeed, after evaluating this code,

  (defun focus-test ()
    (message "ffs: %s" (frame-focus-state)))
  (add-function :after after-focus-change-function #'focus-test)

every time I switch buffer by selecting one with the mouse my message
buffer shows

  ffs: nil
  ffs: t
  ffs: nil
  ffs: t

That is, Emacs sees two back and forth focus changes where I did none,
and most importantly it has hallucinations of focus-out events which
defeat the usefulness of the
‘after-focus-change-function’+‘frame-focus-state’ method for
triggering functions based on focus events.

My question is, how do I "'debounce' any user-visible updates arising
from focus changes"? I made a couple of attempts, with

  (defun focus-test ()
    (sit-for 0)
    (message "ffs: %s" (frame-focus-state)))


  (defun payload (_window)
    (message "ffs: %s" (frame-focus-state))
    (remove-hook 'pre-redisplay-functions #'payload))
  (defun focus-test ()
    (add-hook 'pre-redisplay-functions #'payload))
  (add-function :after after-focus-change-function #'focus-test)

but it didn't work.


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