Commit b8afe7e4 authored by Eli Zaretskii's avatar Eli Zaretskii

(Autoload): Document `generate-autoload-cookie' and `generated-autoload-file'.

parent 6c4d5dd3
2008-12-27 Eli Zaretskii <>
* loading.texi (Autoload): Document `generate-autoload-cookie' and
2008-12-20 Eli Zaretskii <>
* os.texi (Startup Summary): Add xref to documentation of
......@@ -501,6 +501,9 @@ consists of @samp{;;;###autoload}, on a line by itself,
just before the real definition of the function in its
autoloadable source file. The command @kbd{M-x update-file-autoloads}
writes a corresponding @code{autoload} call into @file{loaddefs.el}.
(The string that serves as the autoload cookie and the name of the
file generated by @code{update-file-autoloads} can be changed from the
above defaults, see below.)
Building Emacs loads @file{loaddefs.el} and thus calls @code{autoload}.
@kbd{M-x update-directory-autoloads} is even more powerful; it updates
autoloads for all files in the current directory.
......@@ -567,6 +570,26 @@ ordinary magic autoload comment would copy the whole definition into
@end smallexample
You can use a non-default string as the autoload cookie and have the
corresponding autoload calls written into a file whose name is
different from the default @file{loaddefs.el}. Emacs provides two
variables to control this:
@defvar generate-autoload-cookie
The value of this variable should be a string whose syntax is a Lisp
comment. @kbd{M-x update-file-autoloads} copies the Lisp form that
follows the cookie into the autoload file it generates. The default
value of this variable is @code{";;;###autoload"}.
@end defvar
@defvar generated-autoload-file
The value of this variable names an Emacs Lisp file where the autoload
calls should go. The default value is @file{loaddefs.el}, but you can
override that, e.g., in the ``Local Variables'' section of a
@file{.el} file (@pxref{File Local Variables}). The autoload file is
assumed to contain a trailer starting with a formfeed character.
@end defvar
@node Repeated Loading
@section Repeated Loading
@cindex repeated loading
......@@ -1188,6 +1188,14 @@ functions and variables (formerly used for Tamil script).
** New coding system alias `emacs-internal'.
** The new variable `generate-autoload-cookie' controls the magic comment
string used by `update-file-autoloads' to find autoloaded forms. The
variable `generated-autoload-file' similarly controls the name of the
file where `update-file-autoloads' writes the calls to `autoload'.
The default values are ";;;###autoload" and `loaddefs.el',
** New primitives `list-system-processes' and `system-process-attributes'
let Lisp programs access the processes that are running on the local
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