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RE: custom-set-variables considered harmful

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: custom-set-variables considered harmful
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2017 08:30:14 -0800 (PST)

> The fact that a lot of people use setq isn't really
> a great argument for using it in this case. The
> reason people use setq isn't because they want to,
> but because they don't understand how custom works.
> I see this as a great opportunity to make c-s-v
> more visible and teach people how to use it. 
> Note that as long as the `setq` is within the
> magical custom-autogenerated-user-settings form,
> it will behave correctly even if the variable has
> a setter function.  The difference will only affect
> those users who take this code and then copy it elsewhere.
> But setq doesn't have any concrete benefit other than
> familiarity to people who don't understand custom.
> I've spent more time than I wish on Freenode #emacs
> teaching people about custom. If c-s-v was used
> consistently that effort would be made a lot easier. 

Couldn't have said it better myself.  +10, all of it.

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