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Re: Initialization customization not being saved : solved !

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Initialization customization not being saved : solved !
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008 10:54:48 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

>> Sorry, I have found the problem and the feature is now working properly. I
>> had byte-compiled my .emacs.el initialization file and failed to
>> byte-compile again after making the "Inhibit Startup Screen" variable
>> customization. I also ignored the warning message generated by emacs at
>> startup : "_emacs.el" is newer than "_emacs.elc" .

> Emacs could

> (1) warn the user when saving the customized value that .emacs must be
>     byte-compiled in order to apply the customized value when Emacs is
>     restarted (even if a warning is issued only once during a session
>     people may find this annoying),

> (2) warn the user when exiting Emacs that there were uncompiled saved
>     values (won't help much when a user just fires another instance of
>     Emacs in order to quickly test a customization),

> (3) warn the user very explicitly at startup - maybe asking questions
>     like "byte-compile your .emacs now?" or "reload .emacs source?",

> (4) automatically load the uncompiled .emacs and warn the user that it
>     has _not_ been compiled (confusing, why should .emacs be treated
>     differently from other files).

> I'd opt for (3) although I generally hate programs asking me questions
> during startup.

(5) Warn the user that byte-compiling his file is *strongly* discouraged.

(6) Never even look at ~/.emacs.elc

-- Stefan

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