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Re: Close .emacs file after customization?

From: Per Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: Close .emacs file after customization?
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2003 15:10:20 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.090007 (Oort Gnus v0.07) Emacs/21.1 (sparc-sun-solaris2.8)

address@hidden (Kevin A. Burton (burtonator)) writes:

> If I open the .emacs file in one instance, customize it, then do the
> same in another instance, they both have an open copy of the buffer
> and there are race conditions as to which emacs version should be
> modifying the file.
> Can we just fix customization to close the .emacs file after it modifies it?

It is possible, but it will not solve the problem.

When saving customizations, customize does not actually read the
customizations in the .emacs. Instead, it deletes *all* of them, and
then saves all those customizations it knows about.  If the user has
added or changed customizations meanwhile from another Emacs instance,
those customizations will be lost.

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