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Re: mode in -*- line

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: mode in -*- line
Date: Sun, 08 May 2005 18:45:59 -0400

    Firstly, if normal-mode is called interactively, it unconditionally
    processes all local variables in the -*- line and the local variables
    list _except_ that it ignores a mode in the -*- line if
    enable-local-variables is nil.  I guess that this exception is
    unintentional.  If so, it is easy to fix.

I think that is a bug--please do fix it.

    Secondly, if I set enable-local-variables to 'ask and visit a file
    with a mode in the -*- line, and then answer twice no to the questions
    asking me whether I want to process local variables, then indeed no
    local variables are processed, _except_ for the mode in the -*- line.
    Is this intentional?

Yes.  Calling a mode function is not dangerous.
(The mode is not the same thing as a local variable.)

Why does it ask two questions instead of one?

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