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master 3c093148958 1/2: Deselect the selected completion candidate when

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: master 3c093148958 1/2: Deselect the selected completion candidate when typing
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2023 12:27:35 -0500 (EST)

branch: master
commit 3c093148958d56e0ed8e12a8e00ced1ef052259a
Author: Spencer Baugh <sbaugh@catern.com>
Commit: Juri Linkov <juri@linkov.net>

    Deselect the selected completion candidate when typing
    minibuffer-choose-completion-or-exit submits the selected completion
    candidate, if any, ignoring the contents of the minibuffer.  But a
    user might select a completion candidate and then want to type
    something else in the minibuffer and submit what they typed.
    Now typing will automatically deselect the selected completion
    candidate so that minibuffer-choose-completion-or-exit will not choose
    minibuffer-choose-completion has the same behavior as before, and is
    not affected by the deselection.
    * lisp/minibuffer.el (completion-auto-deselect, completions--deselect)
    (completions--after-change): Add.
    (minibuffer-completion-help): Add completions--after-change hook.
    (minibuffer-next-completion): Bind completion-auto-deselect to nil to
    avoid immediately deselecting the completion.
    (minibuffer-choose-completion-or-exit): Bind
    choose-completion-deselect-if-after so deselection takes effect.
    (display-completion-list): Guarantee a newline at the beginning of
    *Completions* to avoid ambiguity about candidate selection.
    * lisp/simple.el (choose-completion-deselect-if-after): Add.
    (choose-completion): Check choose-completion-deselect-if-after.
    * etc/NEWS: Announce.
 etc/NEWS           |  9 +++++++++
 lisp/minibuffer.el | 43 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++----
 lisp/simple.el     | 11 ++++++++++-
 3 files changed, 58 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/etc/NEWS b/etc/NEWS
index da00ea9dbda..3d26f276604 100644
--- a/etc/NEWS
+++ b/etc/NEWS
@@ -628,6 +628,15 @@ completions window.  When the completions window is not 
 then all these keys have their usual meaning in the minibuffer.
 This option is supported for in-buffer completion as well.
+*** Selected completion candidates are deselected on typing.
+When a user types, point in the *Completions* window will be moved off
+any completion candidates.  'minibuffer-choose-completion' ('M-RET')
+will still choose a previously-selected completion candidate, but the
+new command 'minibuffer-choose-completion-or-exit' (bound by
+'minibuffer-visible-completions') will exit with the minibuffer
+contents instead.  The deselection behavior can be controlled with the
+new user option 'completion-auto-deselect'.
 ** Pcomplete
diff --git a/lisp/minibuffer.el b/lisp/minibuffer.el
index 5c12d9fc914..382d4458e26 100644
--- a/lisp/minibuffer.el
+++ b/lisp/minibuffer.el
@@ -2310,8 +2310,11 @@ candidates."
     (with-current-buffer standard-output
       (goto-char (point-max))
-      (when completions-header-format
-        (insert (format completions-header-format (length completions))))
+      (if completions-header-format
+          (insert (format completions-header-format (length completions)))
+        (unless completion-show-help
+          ;; Ensure beginning-of-buffer isn't a completion.
+          (insert (propertize "\n" 'face '(:height 0)))))
       (completion--insert-strings completions group-fun)))
   (run-hooks 'completion-setup-hook)
@@ -2378,6 +2381,33 @@ These include:
         (resize-temp-buffer-window win))
     (fit-window-to-buffer win completions-max-height)))
+(defcustom completion-auto-deselect t
+  "If non-nil, deselect the selected completion candidate when you type.
+A non-nil value means that after typing, point in *Completions*
+will be moved off any completion candidates.  This means
+`minibuffer-choose-completion-or-exit' will exit with the
+minibuffer's current contents, instead of a completion candidate."
+  :type '(choice (const :tag "Candidates in *Completions* stay selected as you 
type" nil)
+                 (const :tag "Typing deselects any completion candidate in 
*Completions*" t))
+  :version "30.1")
+(defun completions--deselect ()
+  "If point is in a completion candidate, move to just after the end of it.
+The candidate will still be chosen by `choose-completion' unless
+`choose-completion-deselect-if-after' is non-nil."
+  (when (get-text-property (point) 'completion--string)
+    (goto-char (or (next-single-property-change (point) 'completion--string)
+                   (point-max)))))
+(defun completions--after-change (_start _end _old-len)
+  "Update displayed *Completions* buffer after change in buffer contents."
+  (when completion-auto-deselect
+    (when-let (window (get-buffer-window "*Completions*" 0))
+      (with-selected-window window
+        (completions--deselect)))))
 (defun minibuffer-completion-help (&optional start end)
   "Display a list of possible completions of the current minibuffer contents."
@@ -2400,6 +2430,7 @@ These include:
           ;; If there are no completions, or if the current input is already
           ;; the sole completion, then hide (previous&stale) completions.
+          (remove-hook 'after-change-functions #'completions--after-change t)
           (if completions
               (completion--message "Sole completion")
             (unless completion-fail-discreetly
@@ -2460,6 +2491,8 @@ These include:
              . ,#'(lambda (_window)
                     (with-current-buffer mainbuf
+                      (when completion-auto-deselect
+                        (add-hook 'after-change-functions 
#'completions--after-change t))
                       ;; Remove the base-size tail because `sort' requires a 
                       ;; nil-terminated list.
                       (when last (setcdr last nil))
@@ -4673,7 +4706,8 @@ insert the selected completion candidate to the 
           (next-line-completion (or n 1))
         (next-completion (or n 1)))
       (when auto-choose
-        (let ((completion-use-base-affixes t))
+        (let ((completion-use-base-affixes t)
+              (completion-auto-deselect nil))
           (choose-completion nil t t))))))
 (defun minibuffer-previous-completion (&optional n)
@@ -4721,7 +4755,8 @@ in the completions window, then exit the minibuffer using 
its present
   (interactive "P")
   (condition-case nil
-      (minibuffer-choose-completion no-exit no-quit)
+      (let ((choose-completion-deselect-if-after t))
+        (minibuffer-choose-completion no-exit no-quit))
     (error (minibuffer-complete-and-exit))))
 (defun minibuffer-complete-history ()
diff --git a/lisp/simple.el b/lisp/simple.el
index 652fc7ba540..e0b27658df6 100644
--- a/lisp/simple.el
+++ b/lisp/simple.el
@@ -10094,6 +10094,11 @@ Also see the `completion-auto-wrap' variable."
           (if pos (goto-char pos))))
       (setq n (1+ n)))))
+(defvar choose-completion-deselect-if-after nil
+  "If non-nil, don't choose a completion candidate if point is right after it.
+This makes `completions--deselect' effective.")
 (defun choose-completion (&optional event no-exit no-quit)
   "Choose the completion at point.
 If EVENT, use EVENT's position to determine the starting position.
@@ -10114,6 +10119,10 @@ minibuffer, but don't quit the completions window."
           (insert-function completion-list-insert-choice-function)
           (completion-no-auto-exit (if no-exit t completion-no-auto-exit))
+           (if choose-completion-deselect-if-after
+               (if-let ((str (get-text-property (posn-point (event-start 
event)) 'completion--string)))
+                   (substring-no-properties str)
+                 (error "No completion here"))
              (goto-char (posn-point (event-start event)))
              (let (beg)
@@ -10129,7 +10138,7 @@ minibuffer, but don't quit the completions window."
                               beg 'completion--string)
-                (get-text-property beg 'completion--string))))))
+                (get-text-property beg 'completion--string)))))))
       (unless (buffer-live-p buffer)
         (error "Destination buffer is dead"))

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