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Re: default startup mode

From: Kevin Rodgers
Subject: Re: default startup mode
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2005 13:32:13 -0600
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Baloff wrote:
> I went looking for info about startup and found
> Initial Options
> ===============
> ...
>    Some initial options affect the loading of init files.  The normal
> actions of Emacs are to first load `site-start.el' if it exists, then
> your own init file `~/.emacs' if it exists, and finally `default.el' if
> it exists; certain options prevent loading of some of these files or
> substitute other files for them.
> how do I find out if "in my case" all 3 files started up or any did
> not.

If you look at the code in startup.el, you can see that user-init-file
is set to nil if ~/.emacs was not loaded, otherwise it should be the
full path to the file.  Emacs respects the inhibit-default-init file,
unless it it's non-nil the default library should have been loaded.
Similarly, unless site-run-file is nil the site-start library should
have been loaded.

However it is possible that any of those files was partially loaded,
then aborted due to errors.  I don't know if it's possible to detect
those cases after the fact, but if you're concerned you should start
emacs with the --debug-init option.

Kevin Rodgers

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