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dired.el and dired-aux.el

From: Luc Teirlinck
Subject: dired.el and dired-aux.el
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 19:37:36 -0500 (CDT)

dired.el contains:

;; To make this file smaller, the less common commands
;; go in a separate file.  But autoload them here
;; to make the separation invisible.

Then follow many autoloads.

Most of these autoloads seem to have an `;;;###autoload' in dired-aux
too, often with a different docstring.  Do these double autoloads have
a purpose?  Many the functions that do not have an `;;;###autoload' in
dired-aux have two docstrings: an obsolete one for before dired-aux is
loaded and an up-to-date one for after that.  There is no indication in
dired-aux that if one changes the docstring of a function there, one
should also change it in the dired.el autoload.

Are these autoloads an obsolete remnant from the time that there were
no `;;;###autoload' cookies?  Should those dired-autoloaded functions
that do not yet have an `;;;###autoload' in dired-aux be given one and
the entire list of autoloads in dired.el be gotten rid of?



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