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Re: .emacs-settings.el

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: .emacs-settings.el
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 00:07:50 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/23.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> I think you've missed the difference between a hidden file anywhere in
> the directory tree and in a well-known location.  We're talking about a
> {project,dir-locals}.el file that in /a, /a/b, /a/b/c, or /a/b/c/d could
> affect the settings for /a/b/c/d/* and every file under that.  You'd
> have to do a `find` to get all the hidden files (or some equivalent
> shell game).  That's what I mean by "suprising" and "hidden."  Only a
> few applications put such hidden settings files outside the home
> directory, I can think only of the CVS .cvsignore and Subversion .svn
> directories at the moment.  Emacs doesn't do that AFAIK, so it would be
> at least a little surprising to current users.  I personally think it
> would be a bad design decision.

I think this problem can be completely mitigated exactly with the same
solution you already proposed, i.e. C-h v and customize-variable should
say that the variable's value is overridden by .project.el or .settings.el
(like C-h f says that the function is advised).

Juri Linkov

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