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icomplete-vertical-mode not taking effect

From: arvid-harnack
Subject: icomplete-vertical-mode not taking effect
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2021 19:28:18 +0200 (CEST)

Removing guesswork and confusion should be a priority. We should not have to 
read excessively long

descriptions or have to guess or interpret the strange way something functions.

You remember the hurd,  emacs is quite similar.  One adds and adds to it 
without facilitating 

the job of using it.

Instead developers are ranting on about copyright assignment, fsf, rms, women, 
and bullshit like that.

Subject: Re: icomplete-vertical-mode not taking effect
Date: 19/06/2021 19:04:00 Europe/Paris

On 2021-06-18 at 18:52:58 +0200, wrote:

> Calling (icomplete-vertical-mode 1) should be enough
> Not like this
> ;; use icomplete-vertical
> (icomplete-mode 1)
> (icomplete-vertical-mode 1)

On 2021-06-19 at 18:31:45 +0200, wrote:

> It could also be that the bug-report subject was not good enough
> for Lars to understand my intention.  Could people who agree with
> the change help me out on this?

Try this (untested) in one of your startup files:

(defadvice icomplete-vertical-mode
(before activate-icomplete-before-icomplete-vertical activate)
"activate icomplete-mode before activating icomplete-vertical-mode"
(icomplete-mode 1))

According to, Emacs is "[a]n
extensible, customizable, self-documenting display editor"; if you don't
like some given behavior, then you can very likely modify that behavior.

Arguably, it did take quite some effort to discover that you need both
function calls. Perhaps you could submit a patch to that bug report to
update icomplete-vertical-mode's documentation instead of changing
emacs's behavior for everyone.

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