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Re: Auto Fill Comments

From: Christopher Dimech
Subject: Re: Auto Fill Comments
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 18:22:26 +0100

> Sent: Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM
> From:
> To: "Christopher Dimech" <>
> Cc:,
> Subject: Re: Auto Fill Comments
> On Thu, Nov 26, 2020 at 04:23:07PM +0100, Christopher Dimech wrote:
> > I am getting somewhat confused because I have also seen
> > people using set-fill-column and setq-default.
> >
> > Is doing fill-column and set-fill-column the same thing?
> It should. Do C-h f set-fill-column to get the details (if everything
> else fails, read the instructions :)
> I think set-fill-column is a wrapper around (setq fill-column <value>)
> (which will set it buffer-local, see C-h v fill-column) to conveniently
> bind it, as an interactive functn to C-x f.
> The setq-default does something subtly different: it sets the variable's
> default value, so its effect won't be buffer-local but global (for all
> new buffers, which haven't a buffer local value set).
> So if you want /all/ your buffers to have your value 72 (unless stated
> otherwise specifically for your buffer), setq-default is your friend.

Does that mean that setq-default also enables automatic filling?

I need some explanation about setq, setq-default, and set-local.

> If you are targeting a specific buffer, use set-fill-column, or
> do (setq fill-column <foo>), as you prefer.
> Cheers
>  - t

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