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Re: Eliminating "changed in Emacs outside of Customize"

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Eliminating "changed in Emacs outside of Customize"
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2005 01:39:40 -0500

       - Let's imagine user Helen has had a (setq-default fill-column 42) in her
         .emacs (or maybe it's in some package that she doesn't even remember
         she's loading from a .emacs).
       - Now let's imagine that Helen notices that her fill-column is too small
         and she wants to set it to something else, like 70.
       - She does M-x customize-variable RET fill-column RET, then changes the
         value, then saves.
       - When she restarts, fill-column is 42 again.

Why so?  If .emacs ends with custom-set-variables, it will install
the value of 70.

I think that Drew Adams' reasoning is correct.  In this latter case,

       - Since she's not arrogant, she figures she must have made a mistake so
         she goes through the customize-variable thingy again.
she would see in Customize that the variable is considered "set in
this session".  So she would know she has to look for something
else that sets the variable.

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