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Re: On the new startup and scratch buffer

From: Chong Yidong
Subject: Re: On the new startup and scratch buffer
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 18:00:20 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1.91 (gnu/linux)

Juri Linkov <address@hidden> writes:

>>>>> If people are interested in a change to this behavior (always add text
>>>>> to *scratch* if initial-scratch-message isn't nil), I'll supply a patch.
> Installed on the trunk and the Emacs 22 branch.

I'm not convinced that this change should go into Emacs 22.  The
reason is a little subtle.

If you check the changelogs, inhibit-startup-screen used to be called
inhibit-startup-message, and i-s-m is now an alias for i-s-s.

With this change, people who've been using Emacs for a while and have
inhibit-startup-message bound to nil in their init file (as I did)
will encounter unexpected behavior.  In other words, even though
inhibit-startup-message is non-nil, there's a startup message!

It's scarcely a serious issue---after all, Emacs progresses, and the
meanings of variables change.  All the same, this kind of
incompatibility is best introduced between major versions.

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