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Re: command rebuild-mail-abbrevs

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: command rebuild-mail-abbrevs
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 22:06:11 +0200

> From: Alan <address@hidden>
> Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:06:59 -0700 (PDT)
> Years ago, when I was first using Emacs 19.34, I learned to rebuild my
> mail aliases/abbreviations using the command "rebuild-mail-
> abbrevs" (it was probably "rebuild-mail-aliases" back then, but I
> typically use tab expansion after typing "rebuild" anyway).  After a
> long sojourn in XEmacs I have now returned to
> GNU Emacs 23.3.1 (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600) of 2011-03-10 on 3249CTO
> and I don't find that command mentioned in
> Info Node (emacs) Mail Aliases
> nor in the rest of the Emacs Info files nor in the Elisp Info files.
> This is somewhat surprising.
> It is mentioned, inside "mailabbrev.el", in the following introductory
> comment:
> ;; To read in the contents of another .mailrc-type file from emacs,
> use the
> ;; command Meta-X merge-mail-abbrevs.  The rebuild-mail-abbrevs
> command is
> ;; similar, but will delete existing aliases first.

It isn't only mentioned in the comment, it is defined on that file,

Is the problem that the command is not documented in the manual, or is
the problem that you cannot invoke the command?  If the latter, try
"M-x load-library RET mailabbrev RET" before invoking the command.

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