Commit 1557ef4f authored by Chong Yidong's avatar Chong Yidong

* building.texi (Lisp Libraries): Add example of changing

load-path (Bug#3446).
parent 05129fbe
2009-06-04 Chong Yidong <cyd@stupidchicken.com>
* building.texi (Lisp Libraries): Add example of changing
load-path (Bug#3446).
2009-05-28 Chong Yidong <cyd@stupidchicken.com>
* mark.texi (Mark): Further clarifications.
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......@@ -1251,16 +1251,23 @@ because people often leave unfinished edits the source file, and don't
recompile it until they think it is ready to use.
@vindex load-path
The sequence of directories searched by @kbd{M-x load-library} is
specified by the variable @code{load-path}, a list of strings that are
directory names. The default value of the list contains the directories where
The variable @code{load-path} specifies the sequence of directories
searched by @kbd{M-x load-library}. Its value should be a list of
strings that are directory names, or @code{nil} for the current
default directory. (Generally, it is not a good idea to put
@code{nil} in the list; if you find yourself wishing that @code{nil}
were in the list, most likely what you really want is to do @kbd{M-x
load-file} this once.)
The default value of @code{load-path} is a list of directories where
the Lisp code for Emacs itself is stored. If you have libraries of
your own, put them in a single directory and add that directory
to @code{load-path}. @code{nil} in this list stands for the current default
directory, but it is probably not a good idea to put @code{nil} in the
list. If you find yourself wishing that @code{nil} were in the list,
most likely what you really want to do is use @kbd{M-x load-file}
this once.
your own, put them in a single directory and add that directory to
@code{load-path}, by adding a line like this to your init file
(@pxref{Init File}):
@example
(add-to-list 'load-path "/path/to/lisp/libraries")
@end example
@cindex autoload
Often you do not have to give any command to load a library, because
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