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custom-save-variables: pretty-printing long values

From: Adam Spiers
Subject: custom-save-variables: pretty-printing long values
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:51:29 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

This simple tweak to cus-edit ensures that custom variable values
which are over 60 bytes long get written to `custom-file' using
`indent-pp-sexp'.  For example:

     ;; custom-set-variables was added by Custom.
     ;; If you edit it by hand, you could mess it up, so be careful.
     ;; Your init file should contain only one such instance.
     ;; If there is more than one, they won't work right.
        ((c-mode . "linux")
         (java-mode . "java")
         (awk-mode . "awk")
         (other . "gnu"))))

This not only makes the file much easier to read, but is particularly
useful when the file is tracked by a version control system, since
then the diffs become much more manageable.  For example, my setting
for `org-agenda-custom-commands' is 349 lines long (14989 characters).
When I recustomise that variable, the output of `git diff' is
almost completely illegible.

Are there any problems with this approach?  


diff --git a/lisp/cus-edit.el b/lisp/cus-edit.el
index 4ed72be..673ea44 100644
--- a/lisp/cus-edit.el
+++ b/lisp/cus-edit.el
@@ -4590,7 +4590,15 @@ This function does not save the buffer."
            (princ " '(")
            (prin1 symbol)
            (princ " ")
-           (prin1 (car value))
+           (let ((val (prin1-to-string (car value))))
+             (if (< (length val) 60)
+                 (insert val)
+               (newline-and-indent)
+               (let ((beginning-of-val (point)))
+                 (insert val)
+                 (save-excursion
+                   (goto-char beginning-of-val)
+                   (indent-pp-sexp 1)))))
            (when (or now requests comment)
              (princ " ")
              (prin1 now)

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