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Re: [PATCH] Fixing package-initialize, adding early init file

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Fixing package-initialize, adding early init file
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:45:09 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>> [ ...looking up package-initialize... ] OMG, you're right
>> it's interactive.  Does it make sense to use it interactively, really?
> Yes, I've done so dozens of times when I'm testing package.el.

I consider that for such purposes `M-: (package-initialize) RET` (or the
same done from IELM) is quite sufficient.

"Use it interactively" here is meant for "normal users", not for someone
hacking on package.el.

> The purpose of the command is to activate all installed packages,
> without doing anything else.

Actually, it has 2 purposes.  Activating the packages is only one of
the two: in order to speed up startup by caching the autoloads like
I do in my package-fastpath patch, we will need to separate those
two purposes.


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