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Re: Verbosity patch for custom-load-symbol

From: David Reitter
Subject: Re: Verbosity patch for custom-load-symbol
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 14:27:42 +0100

On 22 Apr 2006, at 13:03, Richard Stallman wrote:

    Here is a little patch for custom.el which prevents it from
displaying unnecessary messages that can be confusing at times (e.g.
    "loading battery" when a user selects "Save Options").

Why do you think that hiding the loading message is important?
Is there some reason it is particularly confusing?

Yes - it's information overload. Giving the user information they don't need is never a good idea, unless your product needs to be debugged and informational messages are important.

I was actually asked why something like "battery" is loaded when they're just saving options.

Calls to `require' don't show a "loaded.." message, so why should `custom-load-symbol' do so?

Why does it load files in order to save options?

`custom-load-symbol' is called for every saved variable by `customize- mark-to-save', I believe in order to load its default. That was a fix for a bug that I reported a while ago.

revision 1.122
date: 2006-02-20 15:59:51 +0000; author: cyd; state: Exp; lines: +2 -0
        * custom.el (customize-mark-to-save, customize-mark-as-set): Load
        the symbol first.

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