setting statusline with function that uses system()

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setting statusline with function that uses system()

Mark Volkmann-2
When I do this I often see stray characters displayed in the current buffer.
For example, I can press "j" several times to move down in the current buffer.
It will work a few times and then start displaying "j" characters instead of moving down.
After that point, if I press the esc key I will see "^[" displayed.
The function I use to get my statusline string is called each time the cursor is moved.
The problem goes away if I remove calls to system() in that function.
Is this possibly related to the system() calls taking a while to return?

This is how I configured my statusline:

setlocal statusline=%!MyStatuslineFunction()

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Re: setting statusline with function that uses system()

Nikolay Aleksandrovich Pavlov
2015-04-26 18:17 GMT+03:00 Mark Volkmann <[hidden email]>:

> When I do this I often see stray characters displayed in the current buffer.
> For example, I can press "j" several times to move down in the current
> buffer.
> It will work a few times and then start displaying "j" characters instead of
> moving down.
> After that point, if I press the esc key I will see "^[" displayed.
> The function I use to get my statusline string is called each time the
> cursor is moved.
> The problem goes away if I remove calls to system() in that function.
> Is this possibly related to the system() calls taking a while to return?

It is related to statusline function taking too much to run, not to
the system() function directly.

Problem is that each system() call is at two fork()s* with two
execve()s and each of this is not particularly fast. The whole thing
is much slower on Windows. And also one system() call is a number of
open() or stat() calls (to read shell configuration files) (cached) +
open() call for temporary file (2 times: one for writing, done by
shell, one for reading, done by vim) (because Vim does not use pipes)
(most likely cached) + loads of open()s for shared libraries for both
processes (shell and whatever command you run) (cached) + whatever
other initialization steps are done by shell or your script.

This is far worse if you happen to use `-i` in &shellcmdflag because
this way shell reads user configuration.

* Some shells are able to optimize this to one fork() (done by Vim,
not by shell), but execve() and other stuff is always there:

    :echo system("python -c \"print($$); import os; print(os.getpid())\"")
    " set shell=/bin/zsh shellcmdflag=-c: two identical numbers: no fork()
    " set shell=/bin/bash: two different numbers

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> This is how I configured my statusline:
>
> setlocal statusline=%!MyStatuslineFunction()
>
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> Object Computing, Inc.
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