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Re: How to configure default widow splitting orientation

From: David Abrahams
Subject: Re: How to configure default widow splitting orientation
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 17:49:18 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

on Fri Jan 16 2009, David Abrahams <> wrote:

> on Thu Sep 04 2008, "Francis Moreau" <> wrote:
>> On Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 6:18 PM, weber <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> I used this for a while:
>> Thanks !
>> This should do the trick until I upgrade to emacs 23.1
> Hmm, I've been using something else (even though I am on an emacs
> snapshot and I should have a customizable
> `split-window-preferred-function').  I'm not sure yet whether my
> approach has any advantages over the customization; if not, I'm
> inclined to drop it.
> See

Okay, this is really weird.  First I tried disabling my advice and
customizing split-window-preferred-function to 'split-window-horizontally
instead.  All heck broke loose: just trying to do tab completion in the
minibuffer would result in "Attempt to split minibuffer window" errors.
Then I removed the customization and left my advice disabled.

Everything worked exactly as it had seemed to with the advice
enabled. Beautiful!

Why is that weird, though?  Well, I finally broke down and wrote that
advice because I had gotten tired of getting the wrong window splits
while using my current version of Emacs, *a CVS snapshot from earlier
this month*.

Hmm, (emacs-version) says:

  "GNU Emacs (i686-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.14.4) of 2009-01-05 
on mcbain"

where is 23.1 and why does my snapshot have an earlier version number?


Dave Abrahams
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