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Re: Bug#927678: marked as done (elpa-beginend installs but is not accessible in emacs)

Rémi Vanicat <remi.vanicat@lot-of-stuff.info> writes:

> Le 23 avril 2019, Lev Lamberov a écrit:
> [...]
>> Good to hear that it helped!
>> So, 'require' loads a package if it is not already loaded. Typically any
>> additional (not built-in) package needs to be loaded (by means of
>> 'require' or other elisp functions). Since elpa packages from the Debian
>> archive are installed system-wide we typically do not load them
>> automatically, so each user in case of multi-seat environment could
>> choose which packages to load in her/his Emacs.
> Glad it's fixed, but just for the record, elpa package should not have
> to be required. They have their autoloads loaded automatically.

Dropping the bug as this is a more general policy question. My first
thought was similar to Remi's, that require should not be needed. On the
other hand, I also see Lev's point about multi-seat environments. Is
there one overall policy we can agree on, or does it depend on the

On a related note, I also see the problem when different modes try to
adjust auto-mode alist to take over an extension. I (sortof) maintain
geiser (somewhat better) racket-mode, and they are not really sensibly
co-installable because of auto-mode-alist conflicts.  I'm not sure if
this requires policy or just a technical solution.


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