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seemingly superfluous completions from code in completion.el

From: Alan
Subject: seemingly superfluous completions from code in completion.el
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2011 21:11:20 -0700 (PDT)
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This is a post seeking enlightenment on the behavior of completion
functions as provided by the code in "completion.el".  I initialize
this by the lines

(require 'completion)

in my initialization file.  I am using GNU Emacs 23.3.1 (i386-mingw-
nt5.1.2600) of 2011-03-10 on 3249CTO.

In the *scratch* buffer I type the following


I then type the line


and use the function "complete" five times, which offers me the typed-
in string shortened by one character each time after the first.  If I
then use function "save-completions-to-file" and examine the result, I

("0123456789012345" . 361635)
("01234567890123456" . 361635)
("012345678901234567" . 361635)
("0123456789012345678" . 361635)
("01234567890123456789" . 361635)

as the saved completions.  Four of these seem superfluous and not of

I can avoid these superfluous completions by making a change that
affects what the function "completion-before-command" does.  It is
present in the hook:

 "pre-command-hook" is "(completion-before-command tooltip-hide)"

The original definition is

(defun completion-before-command ()
  (funcall (or (and (symbolp this-command)
                    (get this-command 'completion-function))

One way to make the change is to add to the property list of "self-
insert-command" the pair "completion-function (lambda ())", so that
'use-completion-under-or-before-point never gets used ahead of "self-

The enlightenment I seek is an explanation of what utility these
seemingly superfluous completions might have.

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