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Tool for writing thin wrappers for changing existing elisp configuration


From: Andrey Tykhonov
Subject: Tool for writing thin wrappers for changing existing elisp configurations
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:40:35 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Hi List,

is there any way to change configuration files by means of elisp functions?
Which of them may help?

For example, there are such lines in the ~/.gnus.el (but please note that
that question is not about Gnus):

#+begin_src elisp
(setq nnmail-split-fancy
      '(|
        (: nnmail-split-fancy-with-parent )
        (any "address@hidden" "help-gnu-emacs")
        (any "address@hidden" "emacs-devel")
        "mail.misc"))
#+end_src

I would like to write a thin wrapper, interactive elisp function, which
will be able to append new entry to the `nnmail-split-fancy'.

When I will call that function (M-x add-nnmail-split-fancy-entry) then I'll
be prompted for email address and imap folder (let 'any' will be
hard-coded). Thus such command execution:

M-x add-nnmail-split-fancy-entry RET address@hidden RET
emacs-orgmode RET

will change configuration of the mentioned lines to the following:

#+begin_src elisp
(setq nnmail-split-fancy
      '(|
        (: nnmail-split-fancy-with-parent )
        (any "address@hidden" "help-gnu-emacs")
        (any "address@hidden" "emacs-devel")
        (any "address@hidden" "emacs-orgmode")
        "mail.misc"))
#+end_src
        
Yes, of course, I can just open ~/.gnus.el and add such entry. And of
course I can change via M-x customize-variable RET nnmail-split-fancy RET.

But this question is not about *how* to change existing elisp configuration
but about a tool. I wonder: is there any elisp tool (package, functions
etc) which allows to write such a thin wrapper (elisp program); wrapper
which allows to change source of existing elisp program (configuration)?

How would you implement such a wrapper? Any suggestions? Would you suggest
to investigate how does work `customize-variable'? What else?



Andrey



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