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Re: Finding packages to enable by default

From: Dmitry Gutov
Subject: Re: Finding packages to enable by default
Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:09:47 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>>> column-number-mode
> We could enable this.  I hadn't noticed it as a popular choice, but
> if people like it, I have no particular objection and AFAIK the code is
> ready for it.

It is a rather popular choice, yes.

>>> global-linum-mode
> linum is buggy, so it's not an option.  nlinum-mode would be a better
> choice, but the potential performance issues, together with the extra
> screen real-estate used up... I have a hard time believing that most
> people would want it enabled everywhere.

I've seen many people expect this feature automatically, coming from
other editors. I don't use it, personally, so this is one of the
examples where I'd prefer newbies to adapt to change and just look at
the mode-line in the rare instances they really need the line number.

>>> show-paren-mode
> Too much in your face for me.  It doesn't seem to be that popular.

It's rather popular, actually. And IMHO, it's much less annoying and
confusing than the cursor-jumping behavior of blink-matching-paren,
which is enabled by default now.

>>> winner-mode
> I could go along with that.

+1. Whenever the window-handling code does something different from what
I'd expect, winner-mode saves the day.

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