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bug#49424: 27.2; Misdocumented default initialisation file

From: Rudolf Schlatte
Subject: bug#49424: 27.2; Misdocumented default initialisation file
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2021 18:33:31 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.2 (darwin)

Robert Pluim <rpluim@gmail.com> writes:

>>>>>> On Wed, 07 Jul 2021 13:28:30 +0200, Rudolf Schlatte <rudi@constantly.at> 
>>>>>> said:
>     Rudolf> Robert Pluim <rpluim@gmail.com> writes:
>     >> Emacs will prefer the XDG path if it exists and .emacs.d/init.el and
>     >> .emacs donʼt. Similarly Emacs will prefer .emacs.d/init.el if it
>     >> exists and .emacs doesnʼt.
>     Rudolf> I wonder if it would make sense to warn during startup if more 
> than one
>     Rudolf> of these files exist, something like: "Warning: multiple init 
> files
>     Rudolf> detected.  Using ~/.emacs as init file, ignoring 
> ~/.emacs.d/init.el"
> A warning prominent enough for people to notice would also be annoying
> enough that people would complain about us changing the status quo out
> from under them. The best we could do is putting something in
> *Messages*, I suspect

A line in *Messages* was what I was thinking of, yes.  Maybe conditional
on a variable in case it turns out annoying for people who have shadowed
init files on purpose and want to keep their *Messages* buffer clean.
Or maybe a command `list-init-file-shadows' analogous to the existing

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