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[h-e-w] menu-bar/menu problems and label/help text purecopy guidelines

From: Geek4AllSeasons
Subject: [h-e-w] menu-bar/menu problems and label/help text purecopy guidelines
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:31:32 -0800 (PST)

The menu-bar started having episodes (standard menus fading out/disappearing
when clicked; toolbar tooltips displayed on mouse-hover on menu-bar) about a
week ago.

Emacs 23.1.50.cvs090630/EmacsW32 1.58 patched installed 09/23/09 had worked
fine previously. Upgrading to Emacs 23.1.50.cvs091103/EmacsW32 1.58 didn't

A few menu text/purecopy bug reports and thread postings referencing the
switch to gtk+ reduced the search space. Inserting purecopy wrappers for
menu text corrects the problem menu by menu.

Use of purecopy for menu text is inconsistent for core distribution and
add-on/contributed libraries. In many, maybe, most cases GC menu text works.
A comment in an Emacs-Dev thread indicated library pre-loading (loaddefs.el)
building Emacs as determining the need/use of pure/GC storage.

Are guidelines available? If so, corrections could be made accordingly and
patches created/submitted.

Based on search results there seems to be an increasing number of
potentially related issues/problems reported. Variability of symptoms makes
searching for solutions/workarounds more difficult. Time and effort would be
saved if general/less incident specific posting/descriptions were available.

Please let me know if there is a better list.


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