I have a couple of background processes that I regularly run, such as mu4e and jabber-mode.

These, and other, processes provide updates to the minibuffer. Unfortunately, they do so when I'm already interacting with the minibuffer.

How can I prevent this happening, or at least dismiss the message so I can continue interacting with the minibuffer?

  • I like to create a process-filter and send the string of process output directly to the *Messages* buffer with insert and I let-bind inhibit-read-only and create the buffer in the proper mode if doesn't already exist. See this related thread -- Send process output to Messages buffer, but bypass the echo area: emacs.stackexchange.com/a/6003/2287 If one of your offending functions mentioned in the question have a message being created, you may wish to consider commenting that out or modifying it to a concept similar to the link in this comment -- i.e., just insert.
    – lawlist
    May 3 '16 at 13:57
  • See also this related thread that describes a new variable available in Emacs 25 -- i.e., inhibit-message: superuser.com/a/927832/206164 The doc-string states: "Non-nil means calls to ‘message’ are not displayed. They are still logged to the *Messages* buffer."
    – lawlist
    May 3 '16 at 14:10
  • What do you mean by "updates to the minibuffer"? Do you mean that they print messages in the echo area (same space as the minibuffer, when the latter is inactive)? Or do they use minibuffer-message to write to the active minibuffer?
    – Drew
    May 3 '16 at 14:28
  • I think it's actually messages in the echo area. So, say I'm halfway through interacting with an interactive function, supplying paramters, some other process I have running such as jabber-mode or mu4e will write to the echo area and I will have to wait for it to go away. I don't want to be interrupted.
    – retrodev
    May 4 '16 at 9:32
  • The processes that interrupt are not developed by me. I'm looking for a configuration type option to prevent this behaviour.
    – retrodev
    May 4 '16 at 9:33

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