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bug#17467: 24.3; locate-library returning spurious path

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: bug#17467: 24.3; locate-library returning spurious path
Date: Sun, 11 May 2014 22:18:03 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4.50 (gnu/linux)

> I think these file names are more appropriate for data files, not
> executable ones.  It is undesirable that a name "tramp.gz" will shadow a
> valid library file "tramp.elc" that won't be found as a result.

I think I'm beginning to see what you mean.  So far we have simply
considered "if it hurts, don't do it".  And it worked well enough.

> When you say those names aren't spurious, do you have a particular
> example of an emacs elisp library in mind which file name ends with
> a suffix other than .el .elc .el.gz .elc.gz?

There are a few (~/.emacs being the most obvious), but admittedly,
I think they all share the property of not being searched for in
load-path.  So we could probably strengthen the search along the lines
you suggest without (hopefully) breaking existing code with a hack along
the lines of the one below.


=== modified file 'lisp/subr.el'
--- lisp/subr.el        2014-04-15 17:03:15 +0000
+++ lisp/subr.el        2014-05-12 02:15:04 +0000
@@ -1878,10 +1878,15 @@
                                        load-path (get-load-suffixes)))
                     nil nil
-  (let ((file (locate-file library
-                          (or path load-path)
-                          (append (unless nosuffix (get-load-suffixes))
-                                  load-file-rep-suffixes))))
+  (let* ((suffixes
+          (nconc (unless nosuffix (get-load-suffixes))
+                 (when (or (file-name-absolute-p library)
+                           ;; (load "foo.el") should find /bar/foo.el.gz,
+                           ;; but (load "foo") should not find /bar/foo.gz.
+                           (string-match "\\.el\\(\\.[[:alnum:]]+\\)?"
+                                         library))
+                   load-file-rep-suffixes)))
+         (file (locate-file library (or path load-path) suffixes)))
     (if interactive-call
        (if file
            (message "Library is file %s" (abbreviate-file-name file))

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