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bug#6578: 24.0.50; defcustom :set does not apply to `set-variable'

From: Drew Adams
Subject: bug#6578: 24.0.50; defcustom :set does not apply to `set-variable'
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 21:52:59 -0700

[Tried to send this earlier, but there was a mail delivery problem, for some
reason.  Trying again.]


If you use a :set entry for defcustom, it is not respected by
`set-variable'.  It should be.  When a user uses `M-x set-variable' s?he
should get the effect of :set.  Otherwise, the defcustom is not serving
its purpose.  defcustom is not only for Customize - it needs to work
with `set-variable' also.  And it does, for :type; but it does not, for

In GNU Emacs (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600)
 of 2010-06-28 on 3249CTO
Windowing system distributor `Microsoft Corp.', version 5.1.2600
configured using `configure --with-gcc (4.4) --no-opt --cflags -Ic:/xpm/include'

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