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Re: Summary and next steps for (package-initialize)

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Summary and next steps for (package-initialize)
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 17:07:36 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> - use a separate "early-config" file.  Now, you probably wonder why
>   I say it's "another" idea, so here's the reason: this file would be
>   loaded before the initial GUI frame is created (so it would solve
>   another similar problem at the same time, which is "how do I turn OFF
>   those GUI elements in my .emacs such that they never show up, not even
>   temporarily while we process the .emacs").
> With the expected variant:
> - rather than a separate file, accept a special (with-early-config ...)
>   form at the beginning of the ~/.emacs.  Oh wait I already suggested
>   it, but now this should also be used for "config before the initial frame".

BTW, another element to keep in mind when choosing the best path forward
is how to allow users to use `M-x customize` in order to modify thing
like package-load-list and package-user-dir.


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