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Re: Default emacs init file location confusion

From: Robert Pluim
Subject: Re: Default emacs init file location confusion
Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2020 18:44:33 +0100

>>>>> On Wed, 08 Jan 2020 19:35:34 +0200, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> said:

    >> From: Robert Pluim <address@hidden>
    >> Cc: address@hidden,  address@hidden,  address@hidden,
    >> address@hidden,  address@hidden
    >> Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2020 18:25:10 +0100
    >> I donʼt think itʼs likely that people will accidentally create
    >> ~/.config/emacs

    Eli> But such accident was exactly what started this discussion.  So
    Eli> evidently the probability of that happening is higher than we assume.

Not really. *emacs* created that directory, not the user, and thatʼs
exactly what weʼre trying to prevent (well, I am :-) ).

    >> I feel that 'use x if it exists, else use y' is less prone to
    >> confusion than 'use x if it exists unless y exists').

    Eli> The advantage of the latter is that it's fully backward-compatible.

It is, but 'use this new thing only if you create it' is pretty
unsurprising as well, weʼre not going to stop using .emacs.d and force
people to use ~/.config/emacs.


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