I edit all my code with emacs. Since 1996 or so. And all blog entries. And all…
So my emacs settings are “quite important” to me. When I installed the new
laptop I’m typing this on, my settings stopped working: I just deleted my
~/.emacs.d/ directory because I wanted to upgrade my setup.
Since a couple of years I used the emacs starter kit version 2. The link goes to my slightly modified copy of the original version 2 starter kit.
The setup change I wanted to make was to update to the version 3 of the emacs starter kit. That link goes to the real starter kit, which in version 3 is… just a text document!
Which is a good thing. You don’t need to clone a git repo just to get a bunch of settings. You use emacs’ package tool to download the better-defaults package, which contains most/all of the settings changes that made the original emacs starter git such a joy to use.
And on top of that, it suggests a couple of handy packages to use also. I’m using all of the suggested ones (apart from ‘scpaste’, which I don’t use).
And it provides a template for an almost-empty
init.el main config
file. I’ve copy/pasted a couple of lines from the version 2 starter kit at the
;; Standard emacs starter kit (version 3) startup code. (require 'package) (add-to-list 'package-archives '("marmalade" . "http://marmalade-repo.org/packages/") t) (package-initialize) ;; List of packages that I use. (defvar my-packages '(better-defaults paredit idle-highlight-mode ido-ubiquitous find-file-in-project magit smex) "A list of packages to ensure are installed at launch.") ;; Commands suggested by the Emacs starter kit to keep its packages up ;; to date. (when (not package-archive-contents) (package-refresh-contents)) (dolist (p my-packages) (when (not (package-installed-p p)) (package-install p))) ;; Load system specific init (read: "run only on osx"). ;; Also load my username's config (read: my customizations are in 'reinout.el') (setq dotfiles-dir (file-name-directory (or (buffer-file-name) load-file-name))) (setq system-specific-config (concat dotfiles-dir system-name ".el") user-specific-config (concat dotfiles-dir user-login-name ".el")) (if (file-exists-p system-specific-config) (load system-specific-config)) (if (file-exists-p user-specific-config) (load user-specific-config))
Those last few of lines make sure that on my laptop, it finds the
nens-lt-148.local.el which starts emacs as a server. And it
loads my username-named
reinout.el with my personal customizations.
Anyway… Now my emacs config is just a few config files in my git-stored dotfiles directory (see for instance this article where I mention Dotfiles). Instead of a separate git clone. Nice and tidy!
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