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Re: bug#4347: Bug for .emacs.d?

From: Angelo Graziosi
Subject: Re: bug#4347: Bug for .emacs.d?
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2009 15:06:23 +0200
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Stefan Monnier ha scritto:
There's no question that the behavior changed.  And clearly you do not
like it.  But ... what's the harm?
Lots of programs create a ~/.foo directory at start.
Just a question: is the creation of this empty directory (~/.emacs.d) the
result of a design in the code for the next Emacs 23.2 or is it a unexpected
result of that code?

It's not on-purpose, no.  It's not exactly unexpected, tho.  The issue
is pretty simple: Emacs packages often can use either ~/.<foo> (old
style) or ~/.emacs.d/<foo> (new style) files to store some customization
or state.

If neither of the two files exist, we prefer to use ~/.emacs.d/<foo>,
but at the time we make this choice, we usually don't know yet whether
the file will be written, and at the time the file is written, we
generally assume that the parent directory already exists.

So the ~/.emacs.d directory is created eagerly.

In other words, this behavior is clearly not a feature, but "fixing" it
is somewhat of a pain for very little gain.

OK. If you want to give a more deep meaning to that ~/-emacs.d directory, you can left that Emacs creates it, *and* move ALL files/directories which Emacs creates in $HOME, there!!

So, instead to have:


we could have:


In this way we could have a more clean HOME!!!


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