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Re: Test Alternative initialize scheme

From: Tim Johnson
Subject: Re: Test Alternative initialize scheme
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 13:46:53 -0800
User-agent: Mutt/1.9.4 (2018-02-28)

* Emanuel Berg <address@hidden> [180404 17:30]:
> Tim Johnson wrote:
> > I'm not sure how one might combine spacemacs
> > and emacs resources under one directory.
> > The spacemacs install directions call for
> > installing spacemacs directly into .emacs.d
> > and I'm presuming that will totally clobber
> > my existing config.
> OK, sorry, now I understand the problem!
> If this is what you mean by "clutter" it is
> very poor engineering indeed! Unbelievable -
> you should mail the developers and tell them!
> *Yes* you should definitely change it!
> I'd do it like this: Do a grep for any
> reference to .emacs.d in the spacemacs source
> and instalation scripts, Makefiles etc. If it
> is a variable somewhere, change it, to
> .spacemacs.d - and if it isn't, change
> every occurence.

  I could do that and see what happens, probably will.
  However, the preferred installation sidesteps that process.
  I installed spacemacs with the following preferred command:

  git clone ~/.emacs.d

  git will not overwrite .emacs.d, so I had to rename it (was
  already backed up elsewhere).

  Spacemacs seems to be put together quite professionally.

  I believe that I could merge the the new .emacs.d and my current
  one without anything getting clobbered except for init.el. So the
  option of a custom init file is doable.

  It is probably best to just investigate further and submit
  questions to the spacemacs IRC before I do any merging. I couple
  of simple scripts should handle that.

  I'm an eternal noob on emacs and even more rusty since I retired
  my coding business *but*, I think that spacemacs could have put
  this together with transitions from older, established emacsen in

  Their installation instructions seem to procede from only one
  Newbie doesn't have emacs, noobie installs emacs and spacemacs on
  top of that fresh install and it's good to go. Not so easy for
  someone like me who has a collection of legacy resources.

  Thanks for the help, Emanuel. If you like, in a few days, I can
  post an update, this time with spacemacs in the subject.


> Then you might need to tell spacemacs to look
> there, as well.
> -- 
> underground experts united

Tim Johnson,

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