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Re: emacs -Q not documented

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Re: emacs -Q not documented
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2005 09:31:46 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

>     The patch is trivial, but we should probably add a long name for it.
> I guess so--if we keep it.  But the set of things it does is not
> really coherent.
> It turns off all init files; it also turns off various frame features
> such as the menu bar and tool bar, it turns off tool tips,
> and it selects a different type of cursor.  There is nothing particularly
> natural or desirable about this combination.  

It is intended to be an option turn off all "extra features".

This is _extremely_ useful for reporting and debugging redisplay
problems, as it removes a lot of extra stuff that is most often
irrelevant to a specific problem.

Just like we ask people to try emacs -q for reported problems in lisp
code, it is very useful to ask a person to try reproducing a redisplay
problem with emacs -Q and if the problem exists in that situation, you
can quickly eliminate a lot of possible causes of the problem.

But most important, running emacs -Q when debugging redisplay problems
makes it much easier to know what's going on.

>                                               I see no reason to have
> a short option for it.  Perhaps we should just remove it.

Just because we cannot find a long name for it -- that's silly, IMO!
Please keep the option.  It serves the purpose it was added for very

> Why was -Q installed, anyway?

You approved it...

Kim F. Storm <address@hidden> http://www.cua.dk

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