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Question about set-variable in .emacs

From: Drew Adams
Subject: Question about set-variable in .emacs
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 09:14:51 -0800

I just had a user who put (setq foo t) in his .emacs. Option foo is defined
with a defcustom that limits its possible values to a :choice that does not
include t.

I wonder what we recommend people to put in their .emacs in such
situations - that is, people who choose not to use Customize (at least for
that option).

setq obviously won't respect the variable-interactive or defcustom typing.
Should we recommend that people code (custom-set-variables ...) by hand? (I
would expect not.)

Should we recommend that they use (set-variable ...)? My guess is that it
might generally be better for people to use (set-variable ...) in .emacs
than (setq ...).

Is there already a recommendation for this? If not, WDOT?

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