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Re: A proposal for a friendlier Emacs

From: Thibaut Verron
Subject: Re: A proposal for a friendlier Emacs
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:34:46 +0200

Le jeu. 17 sept. 2020 à 15:31, Alfred M. Szmidt <ams@gnu.org> a écrit :
>    >    Is it such a big deal?
>    >
>    > To have a different behaviour form if you have .emacs, and when you do
>    > not? Yes, definitly -- it is fully valid to not have a .emacs file.
>    As opposed to an empty one?
> Not sure I follow.

On first start, the wizard would offer the option to create an empty
.emacs and never bother you again.

>    >    In such a situation you just have to click "make my own" if you
>    >    want a -q, or the other option to get most or all of the most
>    >    common QoL variables already set, and on subsequent starts there
>    >    will be an init.el and you won't have the message anymore.
>    >
>    > -q is for "quick" -- which is a different behaviour.
>    I obviously meant -Q, sorry.
> Sorry, my fault -- -Q is for quick, -q is for no .emacs.  But then it
> still doesn't make sense, if you start with -q then you get a "wizard
> screen" -- the whole point was to not get it anything different.

I guess the behaviour with -q or -Q or whatever has to be decided separately.

>    >    > Why not just have it on the splash screen if there is no .emacs; and
>    >    > if there is a .emacs remove that blurb.  We could add one or two 
> lines
>    >    > along the lines of M-x recover-session:
>    >
>    >    What's the difference with the original proposal?
>    >
>    > The original proposal read to me that the original splash screen would
>    > be something different when you have .emacs, or when you do not.
>    So is yours, no?
> No, it is the same splash screen -- just one message more or less
> (like for file recovery).

Okay, I call that different, but fine. So essentially you suggest to
include the current contents of the splash screen in the wizard?

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