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Re: Finding packages to enable by default

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Finding packages to enable by default
Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:35:43 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

> Stepping on each other's toes simply means the later exiting emacs
> overwrites the other's history file.

Thus losing history info, yes.  But it's not that simple.  You may get
prompted (apparently "out of nowhere") if the two processes happen to
write "at the same time".

> Even if it happens (though I don't think the majority of people runs
> multiple Emacsen that often) it's much better than having no history
> saved at all.

That's not how it works: if you occasionally get prompted because of an
option you enabled, it doesn't bother you too much.  But if you suddenly
get prompted for (apparently) no reason because of a feature you never
heard of and never enabled yourself it's much more annoying.

So in order to enable something by default, we need a higher standard
of robustness.


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