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bug#36702: 27.0.50; newline: don't auto-fill regardless of auto-fill-mod

From: Basil L. Contovounesios
Subject: bug#36702: 27.0.50; newline: don't auto-fill regardless of auto-fill-mode
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:21:04 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

severity 36702 minor
found 36702 26.2.90
tags 36702 + patch

Andreas Röhler <address@hidden> writes:

> On 17.07.19 12:47, Basil L. Contovounesios wrote:
>> The docstring of newline says:
>>    Calls `auto-fill-function' if the current column number is greater
>>    than the value of `fill-column' and ARG is nil.
> Did you try the test-function delivered?


> It inserts a newline in an empty buffer.
> May that condition being matched then?

Ah, are you referring to the condition that the current column number be
greater than fill-column?  This condition is enforced by the default
value of normal-auto-fill-function when auto-fill-mode is enabled,
namely do-auto-fill.  A different auto-fill-function mightn't enforce

In general, there are multiple conditions guarding calls to
auto-fill-function (see e.g. internal-auto-fill and
internal_self_insert), and I'm not sure the docstring of newline is the
right place to discuss these things.  How's the following clarification
for emacs-26 instead?

>From 2ed60518cb5d29c0d8c7cc944740c0fecb1713ef Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: "Basil L. Contovounesios" <address@hidden>
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:05:42 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] Clarify docs on newline and auto-fill-mode

* doc/lispref/text.texi (Commands for Insertion):
* lisp/simple.el (newline): Do not mention conditions specific to
'do-auto-fill' under documentation of 'newline' (bug#36702).
 doc/lispref/text.texi | 17 ++++++++++-------
 lisp/simple.el        |  9 +++++----
 2 files changed, 15 insertions(+), 11 deletions(-)

diff --git a/doc/lispref/text.texi b/doc/lispref/text.texi
index f44659c622..dad6fa2280 100644
--- a/doc/lispref/text.texi
+++ b/doc/lispref/text.texi
@@ -542,25 +542,28 @@ Commands for Insertion
 loop handles this function specially.
 @end deffn
-@deffn Command newline &optional number-of-newlines
+@deffn Command newline &optional number-of-newlines interactive
 This command inserts newlines into the current buffer before point.
 If @var{number-of-newlines} is supplied, that many newline characters
-are inserted.
+are inserted.  In an interactive call, @var{number-of-newlines} is the
+numeric prefix argument.
 @cindex newline and Auto Fill mode
-This function calls @code{auto-fill-function} if the current column
-number is greater than the value of @code{fill-column} and
-@var{number-of-newlines} is @code{nil}.  Typically what
+This command calls @code{self-insert-command} to insert newlines,
+which may subsequently break the preceding line by calling
+@code{auto-fill-function} (@pxref{Auto Filling}).  Typically what
 @code{auto-fill-function} does is insert a newline; thus, the overall
 result in this case is to insert two newlines at different places: one
 at point, and another earlier in the line.  @code{newline} does not
 auto-fill if @var{number-of-newlines} is non-@code{nil}.
+This command does not run the hook @code{post-self-insert-hook} unless
+called interactively or @var{interactive} is non-@code{nil}.
 This command indents to the left margin if that is not zero.
-The value returned is @code{nil}.  In an interactive call, @var{count}
-is the numeric prefix argument.
+The value returned is @code{nil}.
 @end deffn
 @defvar overwrite-mode
diff --git a/lisp/simple.el b/lisp/simple.el
index a0f2da7152..d524d3f0ce 100644
--- a/lisp/simple.el
+++ b/lisp/simple.el
@@ -427,17 +427,18 @@ newline
 that it adds, and reindents the preceding line.  To just insert
 a newline, use \\[electric-indent-just-newline].
-Calls `auto-fill-function' if the current column number is greater
-than the value of `fill-column' and ARG is nil.
+If `auto-fill-mode' is enabled, this may cause automatic line
+breaking of the preceding line.  A non-nil ARG inhibits this.
 A non-nil INTERACTIVE argument means to run the `post-self-insert-hook'."
   (interactive "*P\np")
-  ;; Call self-insert so that auto-fill, abbrev expansion etc. happens.
+  ;; Call self-insert so that auto-fill, abbrev expansion etc. happen.
   ;; Set last-command-event to tell self-insert what to insert.
   (let* ((was-page-start (and (bolp) (looking-at page-delimiter)))
          (beforepos (point))
          (last-command-event ?\n)
-         ;; Don't auto-fill if we have a numeric argument.
+         ;; Don't auto-fill if we have a prefix argument.
          (auto-fill-function (if arg nil auto-fill-function))
          (arg (prefix-numeric-value arg))



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