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bug#17892: 24.3; display error when mode-line-format is set to nil

From: Joost Kremers
Subject: bug#17892: 24.3; display error when mode-line-format is set to nil
Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:17:03 +0200

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Please write in English if possible, as the Emacs maintainers
usually do not have translators for other languages.

Please describe exactly what actions triggered the bug, and
the precise symptoms of the bug.  If you can, give a recipe
starting from `emacs -Q':


- Start Emacs with `emacs -Q -nw'
- load a (longish) text file (should be more than one screen full of text)
- (set-window-margins nil 40 40) ; use values suitable for the window
- (setq-local mode-line-format nil)

At this point, the text is centered on the screen, except for the last
line of the file (the one that is displayed where the mode line would
be). Instead of having a large left margin, it is displayed with a
margin of 0.

This only occurs when Emacs is run without GUI, regardless of whether
it's on a terminal emulator or a Linux console. It is apparently a
problem with the display engine, which assumes that there is always a
mode line present. Note, however, that setting `mode-line-format' to nil
is mentioned in the Elisp manual (info "(elisp) Mode Line Top") and in
the doc string of `mode-line-format' as a way to disable the mode line.

See also the thread on gnu.emacs.help, where I brought up the issue:



Joost Kremers


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In GNU Emacs 24.3.1 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.4.2)
 of 2014-02-22 on king, modified by Debian
System Description:     elementary OS Luna

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=gtk3' '--with-toolkit-scroll-bars'
 'build_alias=x86_64-linux-gnu' 'CFLAGS=-g -O2 -fstack-protector
 --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -Wformat -Wformat-security
 -Werror=format-security -Wall' 'LDFLAGS=-Wl,-Bsymbolic-functions
 -Wl,-z,relro' 'CPPFLAGS=-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2''

Important settings:
  value of $LC_MONETARY: en_IE.UTF-8
  value of $LC_NUMERIC: en_IE.UTF-8
  value of $LC_TIME: en_IE.UTF-8
  value of $LANG: en_US.UTF-8
  locale-coding-system: utf-8-unix
  default enable-multibyte-characters: t

Major mode: Text

Minor modes in effect:
  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
  line-number-mode: t
  transient-mark-mode: t

Recent input:
C-x C-f e b TAB DEL DEL s r TAB e b TAB m a n TAB e 
b TAB t RET ESC : ( s e t - w i n d TAB m a r TAB SPC 
n i l SPC 4 0 SPC 4 0 ) RET ESC : ( s e t q - l o c 
a l SPC m o d e l - DEL DEL - l i n e - f o r m a t 
SPC n i l ) RET ESC x r e p o r t - e m a c s - b u 

Recent messages:
Loading term/xterm...done
For information about GNU Emacs and the GNU system, type C-h C-a.
Loading vc-git...done
nil [2 times]

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