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Re: emacs -Q not documented

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Re: emacs -Q not documented
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2005 13:16:37 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Miles Bader <address@hidden> writes:

> On Apr 5, 2005 7:27 PM, Miles Bader <address@hidden> wrote:
>>    emacs -Q -N
>> where -Q means "no init files or site-init files"
>> and -N means turn off all frame features
> I should add that doing so is more flexible for debugging too -- for
> instance, for reporting a bug with menus, you don't want frame
> features turned off, but you _do_ want to disable site-init files.

-N also disables the splash screen, blinking cursor, and potentially
other stuff that is not closely related to "frame features".

What long name will you use for -N?

So the next thing somebody will tell us is that -N consists of
unrelated settings, and suggest to split it into -N and -M and ?

> This scenario (where you want to disable all customization, but not
> change emacs' "default state") is probably the most common, so it
> makes sense to give -Q that common and clear meaning, 

IMO, emacs -Q (in its current form) should be the reference for
reproducing errors -- if possible with even more features/settings
turned off (e.g. ignore .Xdefaults, Windows registry settings, etc).

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

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