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Re: default.el and site-start.el

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: default.el and site-start.el
Date: 27 Jun 2003 16:24:20 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

> Yes: it doesn't explain why there are two site-wide init
> files, hence the question.

site-start.el should be used to set up locally-installed packages
(i.e. setup autoloads for them, set the load-path, set the auto-mode-alist).

I don't actually use default.el because it can create surprise
when the user sets something in his .emacs and it gets overridden by

It is generally desirable to keep "configuration" in those files to
a minimum: only setup locally installed packages, provide some more
meaningful defaults for news-server address, mail-server address and things
like that, but that's about it.


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