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bug#23350: 25.0.93; Docstring of bookmark-save-flag wrongly says that bo
Jorge Peixoto de Morais Neto
bug#23350: 25.0.93; Docstring of bookmark-save-flag wrongly says that bookmark-default-file defaults do ~/.emacs.bmk
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 12:37:48 -0300
On Sat, 2016-04-23 at 14:32 -0700, John Mastro wrote:
> My reading of the docstring and code is that it's working as intended.
> It's not that .emacs.bmk is the default, but that it was the default in
> the past.
> The logic seems to be (assuming ~/.emacs.d/ is the user's Emacs
> 1. If `bookmark-file' is non-nil, use that
> 2. If ~/.emacs.d/bookmarks exists, use that
> 3. If ~/.emacs.d/.emacs.bmk exists, use that
> 4. Otherwise, use ~/.emacs.d/bookmarks
> Note that ~/.emacs.d/bookmarks is used in both 2 and 4.
> In other words, ~/.emacs.d/bookmarks is the real default, but it's
> accommodating the continued use of the old default
In a vanilla, non-customized installation of Emacs, bookmark-default-file
is "~/.emacs.d/bookmarks". That is what should be reported as the default
Instead, the docstring of bookmark-save-flag says:
> To specify the file in which to save them, modify the variable
> ‘bookmark-default-file’, which is ‘~/.emacs.bmk’ by default.
This is confusing. The docstring of bookmark-load is also confusing, as it
> Your own personal bookmark file, ‘~/.emacs.bmk’, is
> maintained automatically by Emacs
These docstrings could send a novice user in the wrong direction, consuming
his time and reinforcing the image that configuring Emacs is time-consuming.
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