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bug#16475: 24.3.50; enhancement request: remove vertical scroll bar auto

From: Drew Adams
Subject: bug#16475: 24.3.50; enhancement request: remove vertical scroll bar automatically when not needed
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:42:17 -0800 (PST)

This was either reported as a bug/enhancement request long ago, or
else it was discussed in emacs-devel long ago.  I don't recall.

I seem to remember, though, that the answer was that this couldn't be
done, at least on MS Windows.  I don't recall the particulars, so
forgive me if I misunderstood or don't remember right.

Anyway, while fiddling a bit, in response to this request on

I found something that seems to work OK.  I do not claim that this is a
good way to implement the feature - at all!  But it perhaps shows that
something could maybe be done for this.

I repeat here what I tried, but again, I am not proposing that a
solution would be along these lines.  Just asking that you maybe think a
bit more about whether it is feasible to come up with a satisfactory

One thing I notice is that if you shrink the text by scaling it that
does not seem to be taken into account by the code I tried: even if all
of the text is easily displayed in the window (because it is small), the
scroll bar does not seem to disappear.

Anyway, this is the code I tried, which seems to "work":

     (if (> (count-lines (point-min) (point-max)) (window-height))
         (set-window-scroll-bars nil 20 t)
       (set-window-scroll-bars nil 1 t)) ; IF TRY ZERO, GET BUG #16474
     `((-3 ,(propertize
             'local-map mode-line-column-line-number-mode-map
             'mouse-face 'mode-line-highlight
             'help-echo "Buffer position, mouse-1: Line/col menu"))
          (10 ,(propertize
                " (%l,%c)"
                'face (and (> (current-column)
                'local-map mode-line-column-line-number-mode-map
                'mouse-face 'mode-line-highlight
                'help-echo "Line and column, mouse-1: Line/col menu"))
          (6 ,(propertize
               " L%l"
               'local-map mode-line-column-line-number-mode-map
               'mouse-face 'mode-line-highlight
               'help-echo "Line number, mouse-1: Line/col menu"))))
          (5 ,(propertize
               " C%c"
               'face (and (> (current-column)
               'local-map mode-line-column-line-number-mode-map
               'mouse-face 'mode-line-highlight
               'help-echo "Column number, mouse-1: Line/col menu")))))))))

[BTW, another thing I noticed, after scaling the text smaller in a
buffer that was shown in two windows of the same frame, one above
the other: After evaluating the above code, the mode lines disappeared
temporarily.  I grabbed the area that should have been the mode line of
the top window and dragged it up a bit, and the mode lines showed up
again.  Seems like some redisplay was not happening immediately or

In GNU Emacs (i686-pc-mingw32)
 of 2014-01-07 on ODIEONE
Bzr revision: 115916 address@hidden
Windowing system distributor `Microsoft Corp.', version 6.1.7601
Configured using:
 `configure --prefix=/c/Devel/emacs/binary --enable-checking=yes,glyphs
 'CFLAGS=-O0 -g3' LDFLAGS=-Lc:/Devel/emacs/lib

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