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Re: doc elisp intro cross reference fixes

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: doc elisp intro cross reference fixes
Date: 27 Nov 2003 09:30:40 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

>    I don't see the harm is adding a "redundant" custom-var, as long as the
>    variable does not appear in any normal group and is thus only accessed via
>    M-x customize-variable or M-x set-variable or somesuch.

> One obvious harm could be two "dueling entries" in the
> custom-set-variables form.

It's a source of confusion, maybe, but it's not harmful as far as I know.
More specifically, such problems are not serious enough to force us
to fix them all before we can change the behavior of defvar.
By the way: currently we already have those duelling entries in M-x
set-variable.  And even if we "fix" set-variable so it does not
show enable-multibyte-characters (because it doesn't have a * in its
docstring), we still have the "duelling" effect in that set-variable
shows one and M-x customize-variable shows the other and the user
has no idea what's the difference.
I.e. this problem is orthogonal with what we're discussing.


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