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bug#49424: 27.2; Misdocumented default initialisation file

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#49424: 27.2; Misdocumented default initialisation file
Date: Thu, 08 Jul 2021 09:23:27 +0300

> Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2021 22:51:43 +0100 (BST)
> From: Peter Oliver <p.d.oliver@mavit.org.uk>
> cc: rpluim@gmail.com, larsi@gnus.org, 49424@debbugs.gnu.org
> >  The info page “49.4.4 How Emacs Finds Your Init File” says:
> >
> >  > For brevity the rest of the Emacs documentation generally uses just
> >  > the current default location ‘~/.emacs.d/init.el’ for the init file.
> >
> >  However, this seems to be inaccurate: if I start Emacs as a new user
> >  and make a customisation, that customisation is written to ~/.emacs.
> >
> > How can a simplifying convention in a manual be "inaccurate"?  And
> > what does that convention have to do with the order and logic of how
> > Emacs actually looks for the init file?
> I understand the sentence to be making two assertions:
> 1. Throughout the documentation, “~/.emacs.d/init.el” will be used as a 
> shorthand for “the initialisation file”, whatever filename that happens to 
> have.
> 2. The default location of the initialisation file is “~/.emacs.d/init.el”.
> Neither is true.

The 2nd one is not what that sentence says.

If the 1st one is incorrect, it should be fixed to reflect the truth.
But that has nothing to do with the rest of this discussion, which is
about the actual method and order Emacs uses to find the init file(s).

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