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Re: user-controlled load-path extension: load-dir

From: Chad Brown
Subject: Re: user-controlled load-path extension: load-dir
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 14:40:54 -0800

On Mar 8, 2011, at 12:38 PM, Dimitri Fontaine wrote:

> You are pretty much describing how el-get already works.

Yep; that's why I suggested it to Ted back in the original thread. For emacs 
24, I'd like to see the other parts added (the questions and configuration, 
basically). Package.el provides most of the building blocks for this already, 
which is why I suggested to Ted that he could perhaps usefully combine the two.

>> This could also ask any required questions up
>> front. This seems easier (for the user) and more capable (for the
>> developer).  Why the opposition? Emacs already contains facilities that
>> modify the user's startup files for them, and has for decades.
> I hate it when any other software edit my user files, that's the whole
> point of `user-load-dir'.

I guess I can see your complaint, since I also don't like software munging my 
.emacs file, but I find it hard to believe that there are many (any?) users who 
need your simplified method and yet don't want code messing with .emacs 
automatically.  Take a look at the documentation for custom-file and see if 
that doesn't address your concern.


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