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bug#25111: How modification-hooks let-bind inhibit-modification-hooks?

From: Noam Postavsky
Subject: bug#25111: How modification-hooks let-bind inhibit-modification-hooks?
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:39:29 -0500

On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 10:33 AM, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:53:24 -0000
>> From: "Phillip Lord" <address@hidden>
>> The documentation for "modification-hooks" on overlays says:
>>      If these functions modify the buffer, they should bind
>>      ‘inhibit-modification-hooks’ to ‘t’ around doing so, to avoid
>>      confusing the internal mechanism that calls these hooks.
>> But as far as I can see, the only place these gets called
>> "signal_after_change"
>> and "signal_before_change", inhibit-modification-hooks is already specbound
>> to t, so this advice is unnecessary.
>> Also, the documentation for inhibit-modification-hooks says:
>>      If you do want modification hooks to be run in a particular
>>      piece of code that is itself run from a modification hook, then
>>      rebind locally ‘inhibit-modification-hooks’ to ‘nil’.
>> which suggests that, in fact, it is possible to call the modification
>> hooks from inside another call to these functions.
> Given these two excerpts, it seems to me that there's no inaccuracies
> in the manual, perhaps we just need to tell both stories in the same
> place or something?  Or do you still think there's something incorrect
> in these two fragments?

Would following the advice in the second fragment confuse the
"internal mechanism" (as suggested in the first fragment) or not?

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