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Re: [PATCH] Proposal to change cursor appearance to indicate region acti

From: Kelly Dean
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Proposal to change cursor appearance to indicate region activation
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:40:55 +0000

Eli Zaretskii wrote:
>> +(add-hook 'emacs-startup-hook #'maybe-disable--dynamic-cursor)
> Isn't there a way to do this that avoids using hooks?  I think using
> hooks in standard features should be avoided.  Hooks are for
> customizing Emacs.

I don't know, but there's already a bunch of stuff in Emacs that uses 
emacs-startup-hook and after-init-hook, so I assumed that's the way I'm 
supposed to do it.

But Stefan and I agree that maybe-disable--dynamic-cursor in particular is 
ugly, and I recommend not using it. I just wrote it to satisfy a requirement he 
gave (avoiding trampling on the user's setting of cursor-type in his init file) 
if dynamic-cursor defaults to t.

I recommend defaulting dynamic-cursor to nil, which avoids the need for 
maybe-disable--dynamic-cursor, because the latter doesn't solve the general 
problem (the user might set cursor-type even after startup) and Emacs provides 
no way to solve it. I originally recommended defaulting dynamic-cursor to t, 
because I missed the problem (the trampling) that he pointed out.

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