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bug#15362: 24.1; pcomplete unnecessarily restricts tab-completion entry

From: Vivek Dasmohapatra
Subject: bug#15362: 24.1; pcomplete unnecessarily restricts tab-completion entry points
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2013 03:15:58 +0100

In an erc buffer, I tried to tab-complete a nick: The initial tab completion
showed many possibilities - I typed an extra character, which should have
limited it to a small enough number for tab-completion-cycling to kick in...
but instead TAB just unconditionally completed to the first of the remaining
candidates, and never offered me the chance to pick any of the others.

It turns out that pcomplete assumes that the interactive entry point
(activating command) can only ever be one of a handful of commands,
and specifically checks for those when deciding whether to enter the
code path that starts cycling through the remaining completions.

So modes that use pcomplete but define their own commands for tab completion
lose the ability to use pcomplete cycling unless they have
a way of adding themselves to the list of entry points that pcomplete
knows about.

In GNU Emacs 24.1.1 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.24.10)
 of 2012-08-23 on noise, modified by Debian
Windowing system distributor `The X.Org Foundation', version 11.0.11204000
Configured using:
 `configure '--build' 'x86_64-linux-gnu' '--build' 'x86_64-linux-gnu'
 '--prefix=/usr' '--sharedstatedir=/var/lib' '--libexecdir=/usr/lib'
 '--localstatedir=/var/lib' '--infodir=/usr/share/info'
 '--mandir=/usr/share/man' '--with-pop=yes'
 '--with-crt-dir=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu' '--with-x=yes'
 '--with-x-toolkit=gtk' '--with-toolkit-scroll-bars'
 'build_alias=x86_64-linux-gnu' 'CFLAGS=-g -O2 -fstack-protector
 --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -Wformat -Werror=format-security -Wall'

Important settings:
  value of $LC_ALL: en_GB.UTF-8
  value of $LC_COLLATE: nil
  value of $LC_CTYPE: nil
  value of $LC_MESSAGES: nil
  value of $LC_MONETARY: nil
  value of $LC_NUMERIC: nil
  value of $LC_TIME: nil
  value of $LANG: en_GB.UTF-8
  value of $XMODIFIERS: nil
  locale-coding-system: utf-8-unix
  default enable-multibyte-characters: t

Major mode: Diff

Minor modes in effect:
  diff-auto-refine-mode: t
  shell-dirtrack-mode: t
  erc-truncate-mode: t
  erc-track-mode: t
  erc-track-minor-mode: t
  erc-services-mode: t
  erc-ring-mode: t
  erc-networks-mode: t
  erc-netsplit-mode: t
  erc-match-mode: t
  erc-log-mode: t
  erc-pcomplete-mode: t
  erc-button-mode: t
  erc-fill-mode: t
  erc-stamp-mode: t
  erc-autojoin-mode: t
  erc-move-to-prompt-mode: t
  auto-image-file-mode: t
  iswitchb-mode: t
  tooltip-mode: t
  mouse-wheel-mode: t
  tool-bar-mode: t
  menu-bar-mode: t
  file-name-shadow-mode: t
  global-font-lock-mode: t
  font-lock-mode: t
  auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-encryption-mode: t
  auto-compression-mode: t
  column-number-mode: t
  line-number-mode: t
  transient-mark-mode: t

Recent input:
<left> m a k e s SPC t h i n s g SPC <M-backspace> 
<M-backspace> <M-backspace> <M-backspace> <M-backspace> 
<down> <backspace> <up> <down> <backspace> <return> 
<up> <return> A t t a c h e d SPC p a t c h SPC h a 
s SPC b e e n SPC i n SPC u s e SPC h e r e SPC <M-backspace> 
<M-backspace> <M-backspace> <M-backspace> <M-backspace> 
f i x e s SPC t h e SPC p r o b l e m SPC f o r SPC 
m e SPC ( 0 <left> i n SPC e r c SPC <right> <backspace> 
) <left> <left> , SPC a n y w a y , SPC o t h e r SPC 
p c o m p l e t e <return> c a l l e r s <right> w 
o u l d SPC r e w q <backspace> <backspace> q u i r 
e SPC a SPC s i m i l a r SPC s m a l SPC f i x <left> 
<left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> 
<left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> 
<left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> 
<left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> 
<left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> 
<left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> 
<left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> 
<backspace> : <down> <down> C-c C-c <up> <return> <tab> 
s m <tab> <return> <select-window> <select-window> 
<help-echo> <select-window> l o c <tab> <backspace> 
M-/ <M-backspace> <M-backspace> <M-backspace> <select-window> 
<down-mouse-1> <mouse-movement> <mouse-movement> <drag-mouse-1> 
<select-window> <help-echo> <help-echo> <select-window> 
l o c a l h o s t <return> <select-window> <help-echo> 
<help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> <help-echo> <select-window> 
<help-echo> <down-mouse-1> <mouse-movement> <mouse-1> 
M-x r e p o r t <tab> <return>

Recent messages:
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Sending email 
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/home/vivek/.emacs.d/lib/erc-track hides 
/home/vivek/.emacs.d/lib/erc-join hides /usr/share/emacs/24.1/lisp/erc/erc-join

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Attachment: pcomplete-entry-points.patch
Description: possible fix + example of use in erc

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