This is my emacs configuration, placed on github for portability and general sharing. It has accumulated a decent amount of cruft over the years, so please feel free to point out where it can be improved.
These days I have a fairly homogenous environment across my different installations, so there's not a lot of effort put in to making things backwards-compatible. Currently that means Emacs24, on a Linux (Ubuntu) host, although the only thing I'm aware of that breaks on Emacs23 is the colour-theme stuff. See also the platform and host-specific loading files if things start to deviate much.
This should be as simple as cloning from github. If you check out to
~/.emacs.d then you are finished. Otherwise, you can place it
where-ever you feel like and just symlink
is designed to be portable like this.
I now use el-get for managing
dependencies, which made a huge difference after years of
hand-managing git submodules. This should bootstrap itself already on
first load, but if for some reason an install fails (a host is down,
etc) you might need to disable entries in
*mh/packages* for example.
The top-level file is init.el; it basically just adds its parent
directory (which should be where you checked this out) to the
load-path, and loads a bunch of mode- and task-specific files. These
are by convention named
custom-<task>.el, mainly so they will be
grouped together in a directory listing. The exception is the
allowance for platform-specific initialisation, which is loaded by
looking for a file with the same name as the
For efficiency, I have borrowed a few hints from
Jacob Gabrielson's post on effective emacs,
in particular setting things up for autoload where possible, and as a
result making heavy use of
eval-after-load. This might occasionally
make it a bit harder to read.
There's a bit of defensive coding; in place of
followed by configuration, I tend to use
(when (require 'foo nil t)
...) instead. The last argument to
require means to simply return
nil but not signal an error in the event that a feature cannot be
loaded. Yes, this all could and possibly should be wrapped as a
Look at https support for package.el