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bug#5971: 23.1.95; `delete' modifies default value instead of buffer-loc

From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: bug#5971: 23.1.95; `delete' modifies default value instead of buffer-local value
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 20:42:51 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.95 (gnu/linux)

"Drew Adams" <address@hidden> writes:

>> > Nothing in the doc states that they share list structure.
>> There is no buffer-local value before you set it.
> Yes, I know that. And I noted that explicitly.

So you know that the default value is *the value you are modifying*.

>> The doc is pretty clear that a buffer-local value only starts to exist
>> the first time it is set:
>> Make VARIABLE become buffer-local whenever it is set.
>> At any time, the value for the current buffer is in effect,
>> unless the variable has never been set in this buffer,
>> in which case the default value is in effect.
>>                   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> Yes, and I explictly said that too. Please read what I wrote.

Please read what I wrote.

> What is _not_ documented AFAICT is that using `delete' to set the buffer-local
> value in buffer X also modifies the default value. There is no reason to 
> expect
> that, from reading the doc.

You are *not* modifying the buffer-local value, because *it does not
exist* yet.


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