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bug#15577: 24.3; dir-local variables not applied when switching major-mo

From: yary
Subject: bug#15577: 24.3; dir-local variables not applied when switching major-mode
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:43:54 -0400

My implementation thoughts for core-level fixes, after working on
personal workarounds.

For sub-issue #1 "dir-locals not being applied in the new mode,"
divide the responsibility for setting file-locals and dir-locals
between `normal-mode find-file=t' and `define-derived-mode'. Just have
`define-derived-mode' call
`(hack-dir-local-variables)(hack-local-variables-apply)' unless it is
being called as a result of `normal-mode t'. There's no change needed
for the normal-mode function or anything it calls, except perhaps
setting something that the define-derived-mode macro can check.

For sub-issue #2 "an easier way for us to preserve minor-modes and
buffer-local variables when switching modes"- I discovered this
exchange showing it's been raised before
which resulted in adding the property `permanent-local-hook' to
compliment the `permanent-local' property, facilitating minor-mode
preservation. That was in the context of helping mode authors preserve
specific minor-modes. In itself, it isn't enough for a generic
minor-mode preservation but it can help.

A function to preserve any minor-mode needs to

a. Get all of that mode's customizable buffer-locals. Ideally the
minor-mode, or emacs core, would provide a function for that purpose.
If not, might be able to reliably get a list by creating a scratch
buffer, saving results of `buffer-local-variables', enabling the minor
mode in question, then mark the differences from a subsequent call to
b. Mark those variables as permanent-local

Then either

b1. Continue to allow major-mode changes to disable all minor-modes,
but re-enable the user-requested minor-modes after calling
kill-all-local-variables. This doesn't require any use of
`permanent-local-hook'; the minor mode is being disabled and
re-enabled and any hooks can be normally uninstalled & re-installed &

b2. Apply `permanent-local-hook' to all the minor-mode's hook
functions. The minor mode might provide those symbols via a function
for that purpose, or perhaps they could be auto-discovered.

Alas I don't yet know enough about Emacs' minor-mode handling to get
further with these thoughts. Thanks for bearing with me.


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