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Re: New start up splash screen annoyance...

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: New start up splash screen annoyance...
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 23:17:22 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/23.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> Please do not make the change.  I think the current code is basically
> right.  `inhibit-startup-screen' would be the wrong name for a variable
> with all those options.  Having the two variables is not a bad thing.

There is only one additional option type - a string that specifies what
file or directory to visit instead of the startup screen.  So its
semantics is to say how to inhibit the startup screen - by displaying
a file or directory instead.

> The idea to change the meaning of t would be ok, but the doc should
> add that this normally shows the *scratch* buffer.

My previous patch doesn't change the meaning of t of the variable
`inhibit-startup-screen'.  t still inhibits the startup screen completely,
and this fact could be documented in its doc string.

I think one variable is less confusion.  However, if you still want two
variables, then I think the second variable should be renamed to e.g.
`startup-screen-choice' because I now realized that displaying a file
or directory instead of the startup screen should follow the logic of
displaying the startup screen, i.e. when Emacs is started with a file name
command line argument then even if configured to display a home directory,
it still should visit the specified file instead.  So the command line
should have a priority over the option, because by using the command line
the user overrides the option.

Juri Linkov

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