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bug#8147: 24.0.50; Inserting *Help* buffer can lead to data loss


From: Stephen Berman
Subject: bug#8147: 24.0.50; Inserting *Help* buffer can lead to data loss
Date: Sun, 06 Mar 2011 17:38:54 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

On Sun, 06 Mar 2011 01:24:27 +0100 Stephen Berman <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Sat, 05 Mar 2011 16:10:20 -0500 Chong Yidong <address@hidden> wrote:
>
>> Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:
>>
>>>> I reported this problem to emacs-devel in May 2008 (see
>>>> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.emacs.devel/97367/) and there were a few
>>>> ideas about how to deal with it, but none were pursued.  I just got bit
>>>> by it again -- more fool me, perhaps, but it gives me the opportunity to
>>>> put it in the bug tracker.  And I offer a fix to the immediate problem
>>>
>>> Maybe another approach is for those buttons to check that the current
>>> buffer is (derived-mode-p 'help-mode) before reusing it.
>>
>> I've committed just such a change.
>
> I just tested this with the doc string of help-buffer in *Help*.  There
> are two links in this doc string: clicking on `help-xref-following'
> shows the error message "Current buffer is not in Help mode", which is
> certainly better than overwriting the content of the buffer; but
> clicking on `help-mode.el' finds that file and puts point on the
> beginning of help-buffer's definition, i.e., still does what this kind
> of link has always done.  It is confusing to have this divergence in
> behavior between the two kinds of links.  Instead of signalling an
> error, couldn't the help-xref-following buttons just show the help in
> the *Help* buffer, as in the following patch?

Sorry, that should have been a patch against the version with your
patch:

*** /data/steve/bzr/emacs/trunk/lisp/help-mode.el       2011-03-06 
17:31:58.000000000 +0100
--- /data/steve/bzr/emacs/quickfixes/lisp/help-mode.el  2011-03-06 
01:13:36.000000000 +0100
***************
*** 408,424 ****
  ;;;###autoload
  (defun help-buffer ()
    "Return the name of a buffer for inserting help.
! If `help-xref-following' is non-nil, this is the name of the
! current buffer.  Signal an error if this buffer is not derived
! from `help-mode'.
  Otherwise, return \"*Help*\", creating a buffer with that name if
  it does not already exist."
    (buffer-name                                ;for with-output-to-temp-buffer
!    (if (not help-xref-following)
!        (get-buffer-create "*Help*")
!      (unless (derived-mode-p 'help-mode)
!        (error "Current buffer is not in Help mode"))
!      (current-buffer))))
  
  (defvar help-xref-override-view-map
    (let ((map (make-sparse-keymap)))
--- 408,422 ----
  ;;;###autoload
  (defun help-buffer ()
    "Return the name of a buffer for inserting help.
! If `help-xref-following' is non-nil and the current buffer is
! derived from `help-mode', this is the name of the current buffer.
  Otherwise, return \"*Help*\", creating a buffer with that name if
  it does not already exist."
    (buffer-name                                ;for with-output-to-temp-buffer
!    (if (and help-xref-following
!           (derived-mode-p 'help-mode))
!        (current-buffer)
!      (get-buffer-create "*Help*"))))
  
  (defvar help-xref-override-view-map
    (let ((map (make-sparse-keymap)))


Steve Berman





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