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bug#16377: Undo Tree regression: (error "Unrecognized entry in undo list

From: Barry OReilly
Subject: bug#16377: Undo Tree regression: (error "Unrecognized entry in undo list undo-tree-canary")
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:26:05 -0500

On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 9:17 AM, Toby Cubitt <address@hidden> wrote:
On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 07:05:38PM -0500, Barry OReilly wrote:
> > The "Unrecognised entry" error suggests the undo-tree-canary symbol
> > has somehow ended up in a `buffer-undo-tree' entry.
> You mean "buffer-undo-list" not "buffer-undo-tree" right?

No, I mean `buffer-undo-tree'. The canary should never end up there. In
undo-tree-mode, primitive-undo only ever gets called on an entry copied
from buffer-undo-tree. Hence my statement, above.

> I checked Emacs 24.3 and as I suspected it's quite easy to make
> undo-tree-canary appear in the buffer-undo-list.

It's *supposed* to be in buffer-undo-list. It's not supposed to ever be
in buffer-undo-tree. (And maybe it isn't, I'm just guessing from the
error message here. I haven't had time to investigate yet.)

> What changed is the error checking in core Emacs. If you expected that
> undo-tree-canary would never be there between commands, that has not
> been so for some time.

I didn't expect that.

> Could you tell me more about the purpose of undo-tree-canary?

It lets undo-tree-mode detect when Emacs has discarded undo history from
buffer-undo-list "behind undo-tree-mode's back". If the canary has
vanished when undo-tree-mode looks at buffer-undo-list, Emacs must have
purged some undo history.

The new error checking in primitive-undo shouldn't affect undo-tree-mode
in any way. I still strongly suspect this is a bug in the very delicate
and relatively untested undo-in-region code, and the change to
primitive-undo is a red herring.

In undo-tree-redo-1:

  (setf (undo-tree-node-undo current)
        (undo-list-pop-changeset 'discard-pos))

In undo-list-pop-changeset:

  (if (eq (car buffer-undo-list) 'undo-tree-canary)
      (push nil buffer-undo-list)

The push call returns (nil 'undo-tree-canary). This is how it gets
into the buffer-undo-tree in my reproduction.

I'll close the Emacs bug since we're fairly sure at this point it's an
undo-tree bug.

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