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Re: app termination / ns resources

From: David Reitter
Subject: Re: app termination / ns resources
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 08:27:03 -0400

On Mar 11, 2009, at 5:59 AM, Adrian Robert wrote:

One final dying thought about this ;) -- the way it was prefs-panel <-> ns defaults <-> platform-specific settings was a neat way of keeping the NS-specific stuff, be it line spacing or modifier keys, out of .emacs, etc. so they would not interfere when moving a .emacs across platforms.

Yes, but the technical distinction of what is available across platforms is not a user-level category that merits aggregating these functions in a panel (vs. Emacs customization vs. Options menu vs. Lisp variables).

In .emacs, users do (when (eq initial-window-system 'ns) ...).

As these get moved to .emacs, it is important to make sure settings for these don't pollute it in a way so as to cause migration problems. I don't know but it would be nice if there were some way to use .emacs and core customization but have these settings conditionalized on whether the variables exist, or whether the windowing system is 'ns.

In custom-file, it appears that something like

(custom-set-variables '(foobar 11 t))

will set foobar even if it wasn't defined.  This is the right thing.

Finally, the face color setting system will still need to be changed to use the .emacs path.

Haven't looked into this, perhaps you or somebody else can give it a try.

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