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Re: [O] (gnus-icalendar-org-setup) not evaluated in .emacs?


From: Loris Bennett
Subject: Re: [O] (gnus-icalendar-org-setup) not evaluated in .emacs?
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:33:37 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1 (gnu/linux)

Hi Tim,

Tim Cross <address@hidden> writes:

> Management of an emacs init file is a challenge for anyone who has been
> using Emacs for a long time. I did this after being a user for over 20
> years and like you, was a little daunted by the task. However, I now
> realise it was the single best thing I ever did to improve my emacs. I
> also had let my config grow organically and what I found out when I
> decided to clean it up was that a lot of what I had in there was
> unnecessary, was slowing down my Emacs (both startup and runtime) and
> that many of my long-term emacs 'annoyances' were actually due to
> incorrect or outdated settings in my init file.
>
> A few things I learned which may be of help
>
> 1. Put your init in git (or your favourite source control system ) and
> do your changes incrementally. You will need to revert to previous
> versions, so be methodical with checking in changes and do it
> incrementally.
>
> 2. Have a look at the use-package macro. This really cleaned up my init
> file, helped me make it more modular and really improved both the
> structure and maintenance as well as startup times etc.
>
> 3. I now use org to manage my init file. In fact, I have a few init
> files. I have a bare bones minimal init file which I use when I need to
> debug a specific feature/package or generate bug reports, I have an
> experimental one where I play with new things and I have my stable
> one. Using org, I can just 'tangle' a new init based on one of those
> files whenever I need it. I started by just putting all my existing
> setup into a block in an org file and exporting that as elisp. As time
> permitted, I broke bits off into their own blocks with explanatory
> comments/text so that I can remember why/what of the block.
>
> 4. Finally, there are some really good 'canned' configurations out
> there. I personally quite like purcell's setup (on github). While I
> don't use any of these per se, I did 'borrow' some of the ideas.
>
> My setup is now healthier and more stable than it ever has been. The
> effort is definitely worth it.
>
> Tim

[snip (28 lines)]

OK, you've convinced me - I'm sure you are right about potential
incorrect and outdated stuff.  I already have my .emacs in Git, so
that's a start and  I'll definitely have a look at 'use-package'.  I
might even go wild and move to init.el ;-)

Cheers,

Loris

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Dr. Loris Bennett (Mr.)
ZEDAT, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin         Email address@hidden




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