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Re: always put Customizations in `custom-file', never in `user-init-file

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: always put Customizations in `custom-file', never in `user-init-file'
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 09:07:57 +0900

David Kastrup writes:

 > I don't think automigration is a good idea.  The one point of time where
 > it happens is when you try out a new version of Emacs/XEmacs the very
 > first time, and that is exactly when you don't want to have it change
 > your setup or nag you about it while you are still in test drive mode.

That's the user's point of view.  At the time of introducing
automigration, the number of people who decided to edit custom-set-*
forms, or introduce multiple instances, and got into trouble was quite
annoying.  We don't hear about that kind of bug at all any more,
except from a few retro "everything in .emacs" types.  Who are
properly embarrassed about failing to follow good advice, usually. :-)

Automigration is good for the maintainers at (some, small) expense to
the users.  This isn't as important an issue as the "read you your
rights" splash screen, but the fairly minor annoyance you describe can
be handled in the same way, with equal success in our experience.
Heck, we got a *lot* less pushback on automigration than you guys did
with the splash screen.

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