From help-emacs-windows (a discussion about a Windows installer):
In a message dated 5/4/2005 6:57:24 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Brian Elmegaard wrote:
>> Works like a charm, Rex.
>> I have the following suggestions to be put in
>> (setenv "HOME" (getenv "USERPROFILE")) ; users
will not have the root
; of C: as home
>What if HOME is already
>Wouldn't it be better to set HOME to %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH% (if
Of course, overwriting an existing HOME variable is a bad idea,
but Brian has a point. Naive Windows users are not likely to have a HOME
variable and in a corporate environment may not have write access to
C:\. It seems to me the place to fix this is in Emacs, not in a
third-party tool. Something like the patch below.
This looks first for the HOME variable, then USERPROFILE (likely to be
C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME% ), and then, as a last resort, C:/.
One could get fancier by playing with the default value of "emacs_dir" or
using %HOMEDRIVE% instead of C:
--- w32.c.~1.90.~ 2005-02-16 21:28:51.296875000 -0500
w32.c 2005-05-04 20:21:49.593750000 -0400
@@ -949,7 +949,8