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Re: Emacs autoloads

From: Federico Beffa
Subject: Re: Emacs autoloads
Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2017 18:55:31 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1 (gnu/linux)

Catonano <address@hidden> writes:

> Isn't the autoload machinery meant to avoid the explicit require ? 

As far as I understand 'autoload' tells Emacs that a function does exit
and where to find it, without Emacs having to load the whole file  It is
used to tell Emacs about the most important functions such as
'debbugs-gnu'.  It doesn't know about 'debbugs-gnu-all-packages' because
it is not autoloaded (see debbugs-gnu.el).  Once you load the whole
file, you will see everything.


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