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bug#18522: 24.4.50; mapcar is very slow

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#18522: 24.4.50; mapcar is very slow
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 18:23:56 +0200

> From: Peter Münster <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden,  address@hidden,  address@hidden
> Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:19:30 +0100
> On Mon, Feb 22 2016, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > So now the question becomes: which part of Fset_default?  I thought it
> > was the loop over all the buffers, but your session seems to say it
> > couldn't be.
> Why?

Because your session has very few buffers, and yet you see a much more
massive slowdown.

> This is what I read in buffer.h:
> --8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
> /* Chain of all buffers, including killed ones.  */
> extern struct buffer *all_buffers;
> /* Used to iterate over the chain above.  */
> #define FOR_EACH_BUFFER(b) \
>   for ((b) = all_buffers; (b); (b) = (b)->next)
> --8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---
> "including killed ones" !

You interpret that comment too literally: it means killed buffers that
were not yet GC'ed.  You will see in alloc.c that sweep_buffers
removes killed buffers from all_buffers and recycles their memory.

> That means, the chain gets bigger and bigger, whenever I read an article
> or I reply or I send a new message or whatever.

If Emacs did that, it would have been a very serious bug and a huge
memory sink.

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