Sensible default settings for Emacs
Emacs is a terrific editor, but its out-of-the-box experience isn't great. Some
of its default settings feel a bit clunky.
sensible-defaults.el aspires to
help new users configure some of those settings in a simple and modular way
(i.e., it's just a file of functions you can call).
sensible-defaults.el file contains a number of function definitions, any
of which can be called from your
sensible-defaults.el includes settings for:
- Ensuring that files end with newlines,
- Always enabling syntax highlighting,
- Increasing the garbage collection threshold,
- Defaulting line-length to 80 characters,
- Creating parent directories after saving a deeply nested file,
diredfile sizes human-readable,
- AND MORE!
For good or ill, sensible-defaults doesn't deal with any external packages. It only tweaks settings built into the editor itself. If you wanna configure packages, you're on your own.
Emacs reads its initial configuration from either
~/.emacs. We suggest using a
.emacs.d directory so you can keep your
configuration code in more than one file.
sensible-defaults.el into your
.emacs.d. You can also store it in a
separate directory, if you'd like, or symlink it into your
Symlinking is nice, since you can clone this repo somewhere and pull down new
changes as they come in!
Load it from your
(or some other path, if you put it somewhere else). This evaluates the file.
That shouldn't do anything interesting on its own, though, since the file only
sensible-defaults.el and decide which settings you'd like to
enable. Call those functions in your
init.el. That's it!
Suppose you want to use every setting and every keybinding suggested by
init.el should contain the following code:
(load-file "~/.emacs.d/sensible-defaults.el") (sensible-defaults/use-all-settings) (sensible-defaults/use-all-keybindings)
A More Selective Example
Maybe you just want to increase the garbage collection threshold, show matching parentheses, and bind the Home and End keys correctly. Kind of a weird set of choices, but whatevs, it's easy:
(load-file "~/.emacs.d/sensible-defaults.el") (sensible-defaults/increase-gc-threshold) (sensible-defaults/show-matching-parens) (sensible-defaults/bind-home-and-end-keys)
sensible-defaults/backup-to-temp-directory setting isn't enabled by
default (i.e., it isn't included in
it could lead to unexpected data loss in some cases.
If you're the sort of person who doesn't rely much on backups and saves reflexively, though, this might be a perfectly fine choice for you.
If you choose to enable it, just call it like any of the other functions: