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Re: Default emacs init file location confusion

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Default emacs init file location confusion
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2020 09:58:02 +0200

> Cc: address@hidden
> From: Paul Eggert <address@hidden>
> Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2020 17:46:34 -0800
> On 1/10/20 8:57 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> >> Iʼll see if I can test it soon, unless someone beats me to it.
> > Any news with this?  I'd like to have this in the repository ASAP, so
> > that the pretest (which is expected soonish) will have it.
> Which version is "this"? It's kind of a long thread....
> If the idea is to go back to defaulting to .emacs.d, that's a step in 
> the wrong direction.

I disagree, and most of the participants in this discussion disagree
as well.

> Instead, I suggest that when Emacs starts up in a fresh home
> directory that lacks both .config/emacs and .emacs.d, Emacs creates
> .config/emacs and sets up a symlink .emacs.d -> .config/emacs.

I'm not going to endorse creation of symlinks by Emacs, sorry.  It's
bad enough that we create files and directories, before we even know
they will be needed.

A simple and effective solution was found in this discussion, and it
was overwhelmingly agreed to.  Let's implement it and see what
feedback the pretest brings us.  Yes, this solution is a kind of
retreat from the original intent, which was proved to be too bold.
But it still allows users to opt-in to using XDG if they so want, and
doesn't make that too hard.  So I think it's a good compromise, and we
shouldn't over-engineer it any more.

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