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Re: Auto Fill Comments

From: Christopher Dimech
Subject: Re: Auto Fill Comments
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2020 19:47:05 +0100

> Sent: Friday, November 27, 2020 at 7:40 PM
> From: "Arthur Miller" <>
> To: "Christopher Dimech" <>
> Cc:, "Jean Louis" <>
> Subject: Re: Auto Fill Comments
> Christopher Dimech <> writes:
> >> Sent: Friday, November 27, 2020 at 6:00 PM
> >> From: "Jean Louis" <>
> >> To: "Arthur Miller" <>
> >> Cc: "Christopher Dimech" <>,
> >> Subject: Re: Auto Fill Comments
> >>
> >> * Arthur Miller <> [2020-11-27 19:43]:
> >> > I learned it through hacking init file, and I am not good at Emacs
> >> > internals, I don't have time to sitt hours and go through all
> >> > if-defs and thousands of lines of lisp. I wish I did. But when I
> >> > don't know how to do something, I ask, and if they tell me I don't
> >> > understand it or have missed it, I don't tell them they manual sux
> >> > or code is horribly structured. Sometimes error is in our selves, in
> >> > this case, Dimech is probably not used to read the technical manuals
> >> > and that's not more.
> >>
> >> I was asking different type of questions on #emacs IRC back in 2016,
> >> and back then I did not know hot to look into references to get myself
> >> Emacs insights. When one does not know where to look to there can be
> >> bunch of references but one cannot find it. Today I have different
> >> types of questions. There are progress stages for Emacs users.
> >
> > As things get more complex, figuring out how to look becomes problematic.
> > Today, looking far things has became a subject in itself.
> > If things get more complicated that you cannot understand it in
> > your lifetime (that time could come), then we all got to rethink
> > the whole thing, even though we don't like it.
> Indeed, finding relevant information is not always trivial. But there is
> also a skill of being focused and finding only those pieces of
> information you need to accomplish what you need. When I made my first
> hack to emacs, I had no idea how it does; I hacked it to accept
> non-commentsin lisp; it wasn't liked on this list; nevertheless it was
> just few lines of code to get it to do that. I still have not much
> understanding of Emacs internals, and by now I have one idea approved
> and taken into Emacs. We all get stuck; I particulary do; I am still not
> very used to Lisp, and that felt incomprehensible for me when I was
> reading it; but I went out on the web, red stuff, even found a book and
> translated into English; that helped me understand Lisp and now I
> understand Emacs Lisp manual much better and don't find it
> incomprehensible (or at least hard) any more. Every language has its
> idioms, jargon, etc; you have to get into it, if you wish to work with it.

Agreed.  No qualms about that.

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