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Re: Changed outside --> set, in Customize UI

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Changed outside --> set, in Customize UI
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 01:02:55 -0500

I said

        To avoid confusion.  In general, it is a good idea to separate the
        values that users set from the values that programs set.

You responded with a misunderstanding:

    Pick a level of unity for the "Set" (vs "changed-outside") club:

    1. Set inside Customize.
    2. #1 + `set-variable' used interactively.
    3. #2 + any command called interactively that has as purpose to change
            the value. 
    4. #3 + any interactive command, used interactively or not.
    5. #4 + any function or sexpr executed interactively (`M-:').
    6. #5 + any function or sexpr called by any function or sexpr in #5.
    7. #6 + explicitly loading any library (interactively).
    8. #7 + loading any library in your custom file (.emacs).
    9. #8 + loading any library, even indirectly.

You're trying to distinguish cases based on MECHANISMS used to set the
variable.  That's not the kind of distinction we are making.  We are
not talking about how it's done.  The distinction here is who decides
to set this particular variable.  Does a certain Lisp program decide,
or does the user decide.

The question you posed does not require an answer.

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