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Re: Calling (package-initialize) sooner during initialization

From: Thierry Volpiatto
Subject: Re: Calling (package-initialize) sooner during initialization
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:19:37 +0200

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>>> Stefan kindly explains why it can't just be done before loading the init 
>>> file:
>>>> [...] the user may need/want to run some Elisp
>>>> code of his own choosing *before* package-initialize is called.
>>>> E.g. [...] set package-load-list and package-directory-list
>> Why not adding a set function to these vars calling
>> `package-initialize', so if one set these functions AFTER a
>> `package-initialize' call `package-initialize' will be called again.
>> Of course these vars have to be set with customize, not setq.
> The default of package-load-list is to enable everything, so the main
> use for package-load-list is to *prevent* initialization of
> some packages.
> IOW, the "setter" would have to *undo* some initializations, which is
> can't be done reliably.

IIUC `package-load-list' once set with 'all (the default) can't be
changed to something else (not all packages) after running
`package-initialize' (i.e it can't unload the already loaded packages)
unless restarting emacs.
There is something wrong here IMHO.

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