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Re: [Emacs-diffs] trunk r117592: Grab all Python process output before i

From: Fabián Ezequiel Gallina
Subject: Re: [Emacs-diffs] trunk r117592: Grab all Python process output before inferior-python-mode hooks.
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:30:27 -0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>>>> +  ;; Ensure all the output is accepted before running any hooks.
>>>> +  (accept-process-output (get-buffer-process (current-buffer)))
>>>> +  (sit-for 0.1 t))
>>> Why do you need sit-for here?
>> I just added a comment about it in revno 117605.
>>   ;; At this point, all process output should have been received, but
>>   ;; on GNU/Linux, calling `python-shell-internal-send-string' without
>>   ;; a running internal shell fails to grab output properly unless
>>   ;; this `sit-for' is in place.
>> Sorry about that, I should have placed that comment before!
> Sounds like a workaround for a problem somewhere in Emacs.
> Could you make a bug-report for it, ideally providing a simple
> test case?

So I think I finally understand what's going on:

When Python starts up, it actually sends two things to stdout in
separate calls.

The first one is the banner and the second is the initial prompt.

What it seems to be happening is that on the first accept-process-output
call, the output that is grabbed is just the banner, leaving the prompt
outside, and that's what the sit-for was actually "fixing".  The truth
is (I think) that sit-for should be another accept-process-output call.

To exercise this, I wrote the following example.

    (let ((buffer (get-buffer-create "*accept-bug*")))
      (with-current-buffer "*accept-bug*"
        (start-process "python" (current-buffer) "python" "-i")
        (let ((process (get-buffer-process (current-buffer))))
          (set-process-query-on-exit-flag process nil)
          (message "Output (0)\n====================\n%s\n\n"
                   (buffer-substring-no-properties (point-min) (point-max)))
          (accept-process-output process)  ; (a)
          (message "Output (1)\n====================\n%s\n\n"
                   (buffer-substring-no-properties (point-min) (point-max)))
          (accept-process-output process)  ; (b)
          (message "Output (2)\n====================\n%s\n\n"
                   (buffer-substring-no-properties (point-min) (point-max)))
           process (format "print ('a' * 16)\n"))
          (accept-process-output process)  ; (c)
              (let ((output
                (format "Output (3)\n====================\n%s\n\n" output))
            (kill-buffer (current-buffer))))))

Evaluating that should let you see in the *Messages* buffer the behavior
I'm describing.

Commenting any of the accept-process-output calls, ends up returning
just the banner and the prompt sans the output from the print statement.

My guess then is that this is not really an Emacs bug but rather a
singularity of how the Python process sends its output, but since I'm no
expert to tell if accept-process-output should be smart enough to handle
that case, I would let you to decide.


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