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25.1.91; emacsclient -c creates frames on the wrong display

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Package: emacs; Reported by: Alex Hutcheson <alexhutcheson@HIDDEN>; merged with #30382; dated Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:11:01 UTC; Maintainer for emacs is bug-gnu-emacs@HIDDEN.
Merged 25547 30382. Request was from Noam Postavsky <npostavs@HIDDEN> to control <at> Full text available.

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Subject: 25.1.91; emacsclient -c creates frames on the wrong display
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When an emacsclient running in a terminal is connected to an Emacs
instance running in a graphical environment, running `emacsclient -c'
from a comint buffer (such as M-x shell) creates a frame in the
graphical environment, where it may be inaccessible to the user who
ran the command.

To reproduce:
1. Run `emacs --daemon' on a system with a graphical display.
2. Login to the system using a terminal with no graphical display. You
    could do this by switching to another virtual terminal (Ctrl-Alt-F1
    works on Ubuntu), or SSH in from another machine.
3. Run `emacsclient -c' or `emacsclient -t' in the terminal to connect
    to the running Emacs instance.
4. Inside Emacs, run M-x shell.
5. In the M-x shell buffer, run `emacsclient -c'.

Ideal behavior: emacsclient creates a frame on the current terminal.
Actual behavior: emacsclient creates a graphical frame in the
   environment in which it was launched, which is inaccessible from the

Possible questions:

Q : Why would you want to run emacsclient from within M-x shell? Why
     not just do whatever you want to do in the frame you already have
A : Normally the user isn't launching emacsclient directly. Instead,
     a script might be launching emacsclient as part of a larger

Q : Why not just launch emacsclient without the '-c' option?
A : Without the -c flag, emacsclient works well to edit a file or
     series of files, but it doesn't support more complicated tasks.
     For example, a script might want to launch an ediff session, and
     wait until the ediff session exits. The easiest way to do this is
     to use `emacsclient -c' and wait for the connection to be closed.

In GNU Emacs (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, X toolkit, Xaw3d scroll bars),  
modified by Debian
Windowing system distributor 'The X.Org Foundation', version 11.0.11501000
System Description:	Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Configured using:
  'configure --build x86_64-linux-gnu --build x86_64-linux-gnu
  --prefix=/usr --sharedstatedir=/var/lib --libexecdir=/usr/lib
  --localstatedir=/var/lib --infodir=/usr/share/info
  --mandir=/usr/share/man --with-pop=yes
  --with-crt-dir=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu --disable-build-details
  --disable-silent-rules --with-modules GOOGLE_VERSION=25.1.91+gg1+2
  --with-x=yes --with-x-toolkit=lucid --with-toolkit-scroll-bars
  --without-gconf --without-gsettings build_alias=x86_64-linux-gnu
  'CFLAGS=-g -O2 -fstack-protector --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -Wformat
  -Werror=format-security -Wall' 'LDFLAGS=-Wl,-Bsymbolic-functions
  -Wl,-z,relro -Wl,-fuse-ld=gold,--export-dynamic-symbol=__google_auxv'

Configured features:

Important settings:
   value of $LANG: en_US.UTF-8
   value of $XMODIFIERS: @im=ibus
   locale-coding-system: utf-8-unix

Major mode: Message

Minor modes in effect:
   mml-mode: t
   tooltip-mode: t
   global-eldoc-mode: t
   electric-indent-mode: t
   mouse-wheel-mode: t
   tool-bar-mode: t
   menu-bar-mode: t
   file-name-shadow-mode: t
   global-font-lock-mode: t
   font-lock-mode: t
   blink-cursor-mode: t
   auto-composition-mode: t
   auto-encryption-mode: t
   auto-compression-mode: t
   line-number-mode: t
   auto-fill-function: message-do-auto-fill
   transient-mark-mode: t
   abbrev-mode: t

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Memory information:
((conses 16 111409 15495)
  (symbols 48 20120 0)
  (miscs 40 211 363)
  (strings 32 15788 3029)
  (string-bytes 1 498060)
  (vectors 16 12877)
  (vector-slots 8 445607 5773)
  (floats 8 175 297)
  (intervals 56 4381 159)
  (buffers 976 29)
  (heap 1024 34656 1309))

Acknowledgement sent to Alex Hutcheson <alexhutcheson@HIDDEN>:
New bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to bug-gnu-emacs@HIDDEN. Full text available.
Report forwarded to bug-gnu-emacs@HIDDEN:
bug#25547; Package emacs. Full text available.
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