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Re: Emacs doesn't load .emacs

From: Robert Thorpe
Subject: Re: Emacs doesn't load .emacs
Date: 2 Nov 2006 04:05:32 -0800
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Hendrik Bilges wrote:
> Hi,
> I just started to use emacs. I'm using it on ubuntu. I created a .emacs
> file in ~/, but Emacs won't load it. Just for checking I put this text
> into the file:
> (display-time)
> If I load the file manually after startup, the time is displayed in the
> status bar, but not before. I already checked if Emacs knows HOME, there
> is no problem with that.

That's a very odd problem.

Five possibilities:-
* Somewhere else in the .emacs file you have a misplaced paren or
comment opener causing (display-time) not be evaluated
* The filename of the file you've created is not quite ".emacs",
perhaps the "." is in a strange character set
* Ubuntu does something strange like renaming what .emacs should be
called (SUSE used to do this)
* The emacs you have is very broken
* The linux distro you have is very broken

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