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Re: Package initialization

From: Helmut Eller
Subject: Re: Package initialization
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:33:08 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

On Sun, Jul 19 2015, Stefan Monnier wrote:

> Since it's a configuration choice, it should not be imposed by the
> autoloads file.  Instead, the way this is normally handled is by making
> a slime-minor-mode, which when enabled does something like
> (slime-setup), and when disabled, undoes it.

SLIME is already a minor mode; I think if we can make it work if users
call (add-hook 'lisp-mode-hook 'slime-mode) in their .emacs.

> The important aspect is that it should be possible to install a package
> without using it, so the autoloads file should only set things up so
> that they *can* be used, but not so that they're automatically used
> without being explicitly requested.

I think that's quite an important guideline that should be stated a bit
more prominently in manual.

It also seems to me that there is a certain conflict between what you
say and this from the manual:

  These autoload definitions are saved to a file named
  ‘NAME-autoloads.el’ in the content directory.  They are typically used
  to autoload the principal user commands defined in the package, but
  they can also perform other tasks, such as adding an element to


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