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

From: Dimitri Fontaine
Subject: Re: user-controlled load-path extension: load-dir
Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2011 10:36:59 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110014 (No Gnus v0.14) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Chad Brown <address@hidden> writes:
> 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.

It's not that much about simplicity that it's about having the computer
do all the automatic work on its own.  `user-load-dir' would help with

It could be that custom.el would help too, but I don't really see how.

The idea we're talking about here is to have a simpler way to enable a
piece of elisp code that you fetch from somewhere (mail attachment,
emacswiki, some blog, an automatic installer, etc).  I don't see how
much simpler we can go than "save the content in a <file>.el in
~/.emacs.d/load.d, then either restart Emacs or M-x reload-user-dir".
And for automatic installers, the location is known to be `user-load-dir'.

I see people that want the feature too, some have already written some
version of it, some are sending new implementation, so I think there's a
need to cover here.  That you don't share the need is fine, you just
won't use the feature, and maybe even explicitly

  (setq user-load-dir nil)


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