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Re: defcustom: changing from defvar - order of execution

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: defcustom: changing from defvar - order of execution
Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 14:32:24 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>> Not only was this common in standard libraries before this
>> century, but it is still common for personal "libraries" -
>> that is, .emacs and its extensions.

>     .emacs and its extensions are not libraries.  Extending the meaning of
>     libraries to things like .emacs makes the word useless.

> OK. What's a better term?

Who needs a better term.  The point is that *libraries* should not do
anything (other than define new feature) when they're loaded and thus, since
.emacs is not a library, this rule of thumb doesn't apply to it.

>  - It happens that personal startup files sometimes evolve into multi-user
> libraries, and these sometimes evolve into standard Emacs libraries.

And they have to change between those stages.


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