Posted in 2017

Optional Dependencies Considered Harmful

This will be a short PSA to opam package maintainers to avoid spurious optional dependencies. At this point, I think this is all relatively common knowledge. But open source maintainers are as a rule busy people, and without much encouragement, they end up dragging their feet. Therefore I hope this post can be a useful reminder of the negative effects of optional dependencies and what can be done to avoid them.

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Searching the load-path

Here’s another tip for taming your Emacs config. In particular, how to search the huge body of elisp that is present with most Emacs installs - the load-path. While the load-path is a very important collection of directories, searching it isn’t as easy and accessible as it should be. As usual, Emacs compensates with plugins:

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Spacemacs Useful Buffers Gotcha

I’ve ran into a little spacemacs annoyance that took me a while to resolve, and it seems like it could pop up under a variety of different contexts. I figured that a few words about it here might save others some time.

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