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bug#17841: 24.3; Info description of Emacs startup could better describe

From: alan . wehmann
Subject: bug#17841: 24.3; Info description of Emacs startup could better describe package initialization
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:47:33 -0500

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usually do not have translators for other languages.

Please describe exactly what actions triggered the bug, and
the precise symptoms of the bug.  If you can, give a recipe
starting from `emacs -Q':

Info node "(emacs) Initial Options" says:

"   Some initial options affect the loading of the initialization file.
Normally, Emacs first loads `site-start.el' if it exists, then your own
initialization file if it exists, and finally the default
initialization file `default.el' if it exists (*note Init File::)."

It fails to mention package initialization in this paragraph & I think
that it should.  It is one of the first places where I looked to find
out when in the startup sequence packages are initialized.  I found
other locations which described when packages are initializaed, but was
confused for a while after reading this paragraph and no mention was
made of package initialization.


More specifics: I had upgraded bookmarks+ via melpa.  Since I already
had melpa in the 'package-archives list I had removed the following code
from my initialization file:

(when (> emacs-major-version 23)
  (require 'package)
  (add-to-list 'package-archives 
               '("melpa" . "http://melpa.milkbox.net/packages/";)

I then realized that the variable load-path wasn't pointing to
"~/.emacs.d/elpa/bookmark+-20140531.104" just after my initialization
file was loaded (but it was added later).  Since I had a reason to have
"(require 'bookmark+)" in my initialization file, I ran into trouble.

I have since restored the lines

(when (> emacs-major-version 23)
  (require 'package)

to my initialization file.

If Emacs crashed, and you have the Emacs process in the gdb debugger,
please include the output from the following gdb commands:
    `bt full' and `xbacktrace'.
For information about debugging Emacs, please read the file

In GNU Emacs 24.3.1 (x86_64-apple-darwin, NS apple-appkit-1038.36)
 of 2013-03-12 on bob.porkrind.org
Windowing system distributor `Apple', version 10.3.1265
Configured using:
 `configure '--host=x86_64-apple-darwin' '--build=i686-apple-darwin'
'--with-ns' 'build_alias=i686-apple-darwin'
'host_alias=x86_64-apple-darwin' 'CC=gcc -mmacosx-version-min=10.7

Important settings:
  locale-coding-system: nil
  default enable-multibyte-characters: t

Major mode: Custom

Minor modes in effect:
  mail-abbrevs-mode: t
  display-time-mode: t
  dynamic-completion-mode: t
  desktop-save-mode: t
  tooltip-mode: t
  mouse-wheel-mode: t
  tool-bar-mode: t
  menu-bar-mode: t
  file-name-shadow-mode: t
  global-font-lock-mode: t
  font-lock-mode: t
  blink-cursor-mode: t
  auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-encryption-mode: t
  auto-compression-mode: t
  line-number-mode: t
  transient-mark-mode: t

Recent input:
n C-d C-d / C-f C-f C-f C-f C-f C-f C-f C-f C-f C-f 
C-d C-d / C-x C-s C-v C-v C-v <escape> x C-g <escape> 
: ( b m <backspace> <backspace> C-g C-h f v m - s e 
s s <tab> C-SPC C-a <escape> w C-g <escape> : ( C-y 
) <return> C-h v v m - u s e r - a g e n t <return> 
C-g C-x 1 C-x C-b C-c C-c C-x C-b n n n n n n n SPC 
<left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> 
<left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> 
<left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> 
<left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> 
<left> <left> <left> <left> <left> C-h f <return> q 
<escape> , <escape> , C-x C-b n n n n n n SPC <left> 
C-x C-b <escape> > SPC q <down> <left> <left> <left> 
<left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> <left> 
<left> C-h f <return> <help-echo> <down-mouse-1> <mouse-2> 
C-f C-x p m <escape> C-w <escape> C-w <escape> C-w 
<escape> C-w <return> C-l C-l C-h i g ( v m ) <return> 
m s e n d <tab> <return> SPC SPC 1 <help-echo> <down-mouse-1> 
<mouse-1> C-h v <return> q <escape> x c u s t o m i 
z e - v a r <tab> <return> <return> <down-mouse-1> 
<down-mouse-1> <mouse-1> A l a n . W e h m a n n @ 
g m a i l . c o m <help-echo> <down-mouse-1> C-x C-b 
n n n n n n n n n n n n n n SPC C-SPC C-v <down> <down> 
<down> <down> <down> <down> <down> <down> <down> <down> 
<down> C-x r s c C-x C-b d SPC <escape> x r e p o r 
t <tab> <return>

Recent messages:

Creating customization items...
Creating customization items ...done
Resetting customization items...done
Creating customization setup...done
To install your edits, invoke [State] and choose the Set operation
<<< Type SPC or RET to bury the buffer list >>>
Mark activated
Saved text from "This bug report will be sent to the Bug-"
<<< Type SPC or RET to bury the buffer list >>> [3 times]

Load-path shadows:
/Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/Resources/lisp/whitespace hides 
/Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/Resources/lisp/align hides 
/Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/Resources/lisp/textmodes/texinfo hides 
/Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/Resources/lisp/macros hides 

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supercite regi starttls spam-report spam spam-stat gnus-uu yenc
gnus-msg gnus-art mm-uu mml2015 epg-config mm-view mml-smime smime dig
mailcap gnus-sum nnoo gnus-group gnus-undo nnmail mail-source
gnus-start gnus-spec gnus-int gnus-range gnus-win sieve-manage shr
rmail pop3 mspools metamail mairix mailclient browse-url mail-hist
ring mail-extr imap hashcash gnus-dired gnus gnus-ems nnheader fortune
feedmail eudc-vars ecomplete binhex jka-compr shadow mailalias
vm-reply emacsbug message cl-macs gv format-spec rfc822 mml mml-sec
mm-decode mm-bodies mm-encode mail-parse rfc2231 gmm-utils mailheader
view misearch multi-isearch dired-aux mailabbrev mule-util ebuff-menu
electric image-file parse-time vc-cvs cus-edit wid-edit time warnings
edmacro kmacro smtpmail auth-source eieio byte-opt bytecomp
byte-compile cconv gnus-util password-cache sendmail rfc2047 rfc2045
ietf-drums mail-utils vm-rfaddons vm-undo vm-virtual vm-summary-faces
utf7 mm-util mail-prsvr vm-imap vm-thread vm-mime vm-toolbar vm-menu
vm-window vm-folder vm-crypto vm-summary vm-mouse vm-page vm-motion
vm-minibuf vm-message vm-misc vm-macro edebug vm-pop vm-autoloads
vm-vars vm-version vm completion cl bookmark+ bookmark+-key easy-mmode
advice help-fns cl-lib advice-preload dired-x dired bookmark+-1
bookmark+-bmu help-mode bookmark+-lit bookmark pp thingatpt info
easymenu desktop cus-start cus-load bookmark+-autoloads package
time-date tooltip ediff-hook vc-hooks lisp-float-type mwheel ns-win
tool-bar dnd fontset image regexp-opt fringe tabulated-list newcomment
lisp-mode register page menu-bar rfn-eshadow timer select scroll-bar
mouse jit-lock font-lock syntax facemenu font-core frame cham georgian
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japanese hebrew greek romanian slovak czech european ethiopic indian
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minibuffer loaddefs button faces cus-face macroexp files
text-properties overlay sha1 md5 base64 format env code-pages mule
custom widget hashtable-print-readable backquote make-network-process
ns multi-tty emacs)

Alan Wehmann

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