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Re: Using incremental parsing in Emacs

From: HaiJun Zhang
Subject: Re: Using incremental parsing in Emacs
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2020 13:55:02 +0800

In the test cpp file, there is a  “/*” at the beginning and no “*/“ in the file. So all contents of the file are comment. If it doesn’t parse from the beginning of the file, how can it known they are comment when the point is at the end of buffer?

在 2020年1月6日 +0800 PM1:33,Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden>,写道:
On January 6, 2020 6:39:02 AM GMT+02:00, HaiJun Zhang <address@hidden> wrote:
Could someone explain how the jit-lock in Emacs works in the following

1. emacs -Q
2. open the attachment file and goto end of buffer
3. M-x desktop-save and quit emacs
4. emacs -Q
5. M-x desktop-read

I see the buffer is fontified correctly. Does it parse the whole

在 2020年1月6日 +0800 AM11:42,Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden>,写道:
From: arthur miller <address@hidden>
CC: "address@hidden" <address@hidden>,
<address@hidden>, "address@hidden" <address@hidden>
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2020 20:28:43 +0000

When I said batch-processing I ment processing a file or chunk of
buffer (region) just before it is to be
displayed to a user. Same for other "insertions" from macro
expansions or similar.

Then we always do "batch processing", because the display engine has
no good idea what exactly changed in the buffer. So it always
processes some minimal chunk of text that it can prove to itself
the changes were all inside that chunk.

I also don't think teee-sitter is needed for syntax coloring.
Tree-sitter seems to be very expensive regex engine
in that case.

They claim to be less expensive than regexp-based coloring,
with very long lines.

We never parse the whole buffer, only its chunk that is slightly larger than what would be actually displayed in a window.

This works by the display engine calling the fontification-functions for the buffer text it is about to display, whenever it finds a chunk of text whose 'fontified' text property is nil.

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