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Re: A proposal for a friendlier Emacs

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: A proposal for a friendlier Emacs
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 23:38:06 -0400

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  > As your config evolves, the next question everyone will be asking
  > themselves is "custom.el or init file?"

It is possible to use both -- so why do people believe they have
to choose one or the other?

  > Here is what I observed: when I start adding a new class of use-cases
  > (example: email), I start out with a single package, that does most of
  > what I want/need.

We use multiple definitions of "package" in connection with Emacs.
Would you please say what definition you're using here?

For instance, does "package" include Rmail?

  > Within this config file, I keep the setting for each package in a
  > different section (separated by comments).

Could Configure do this automatically?  Would that require
additional data about relationships between various things?

  > Again, in my ideal world, each package would be classified into exactly
  > one main category (email, content completion, etc.). 

In principle, I think this is a good idea.  However, think it should
NOT be limited to ELPA packages.

Also, I have a feeling that users won't all agree how to classify
packages.  I expect there will be overlapping categories that make sense.
So I think we need to make provision for having one package
that fits into multiple categories.  Perhaps by asking the user
which category to think of this package in.

Dr Richard Stallman
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
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