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Re: Debian's idiosyncratic complexification of Emacs

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Debian's idiosyncratic complexification of Emacs
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 22:20:28 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

> We don't include a content-free site-start.el; here is its content:

> ;; Emacsen independent startup file.  All of the various installed
> ;; flavors of emacs (emacs 19, emacs 20, xemacs) will load this file
> ;; at startup.  Make sure any code you put here is emacs flavor
> ;; independent.

> ;; Package maintainers: do not have Debian packages edit this file.
> ;; See the policy manual for the proper way to handle Emacs package
> ;; initialization code.

That qualifies as "content free" in my book.

>> The only thing this does is to prevent the loading of the
>> site-start.el in the standard Emacs place, i.e.
>> /usr/local/share/emacs/site-lisp/ (This is documented on page "Init
>> File" of the Emacs manual.)

> Configuration files such as site-start.el need to be in /etc by FHS,
> and by Debian policy.

Then they should put a symlink from
/usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/site-start.el to /etc/emacs/site-start.el.


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