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Possible bug? font-lock-add-keywords in minor mode and auto-mode-alist

From: Joost Kremers
Subject: Possible bug? font-lock-add-keywords in minor mode and auto-mode-alist
Date: 26 Jan 2015 11:28:15 GMT
User-agent: slrn/pre1.0.0-18 (Linux)

Hi all,

I'm running into a strange problem that I cannot explain. I'm trying to
add some font-lock keywords through a minor mode.[1] I activate the
minor mode by putting it in the hook of a particular major mode, and the
minor mode activation function calls font-lock-add-keywords with the
proper arguments.

Everything works fine if I call the major mode function interactively
(`M-x markdown-mode', to be precise). The minor mode is activated and
the font-lock keywords are added correctly.

However, if `markdown-mode' is activated through `auto-font-alist', the
additional font-lock keywords are not added.

More precisely, they seem to be added and immediately removed again.
This at least is suggested by my debug efforts: I've added some code to
the function that activates the additional font-lock keywords that saves
the buffer-local value of font-lock-keywords to another variable. When I
check this variable's value after loading a markdown file, the
additional keywords are there. Checking the value of
`font-lock-keywords' at this point shows that the additional keywords
are not there (anymore).

I tried to see if there's anything in my init file that interferes, but
that doesn't seem to be the case. The problem still occurs, even if I
reduce my init file to the following:

| (load-library "/path/to/markdown-mode")
| (load-library "/path/to/pandoc-mode")
| (add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.text\\'" . markdown-mode))
| (add-hook 'markdown-mode-hook 'pandoc-mode)

Does anyone have an idea where I should look further to debug this
issue? I looked at the code for `set-auto-mode', but couldn't find
anything suspicious...



[1] In particular, pandoc-mode:

    The code adding the font-lock keywords is here:

Joost Kremers                         
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