el-get project releases its new stable version,
3.1. This new release
fixes bugs, add a host of new recipes (we have 420 of them and counting) and
some nice new features too. You really want to upgrade.
Among the features you will find dependencies management and
M-x el-get-list-packages, that you should try as soon as possible. Of course,
M-x el-get-self-update that eases the process somehow.
This shows the result of
M-x el-get-list-packages. The packages that don’t
have a description are the one from
emacswiki that doesn’t provide a listing
of the filename
and the first line of the file (it usually follows the
;;; filename.el --- description here). As we don’t want to mirror
the website just to be able to provide descriptions, we just don’t have them
Another nice new feature, contributed by a user that wanted to self-learn
elisp, is the
el-get-user-package-directory support. Just place in there
init-my-package.el files, and when
el-get wants to init the
package, it will load that file for you. That helps managing your setup,
and I’m already using that in my own
The upgrading is to be done with some care, though, because you need to edit
your packaging setup. The
el-get-sources variable used to be both where to
setup extra recipes and the list of packages you want to have installed, and
several people rightfully insisted that I should change that. I’ve been
slow to be convinced, but there it is, they were right.
el-get works from the current status of packages and will init all
those packages you have installed. Which means that you just
M-x el-get-install a package and don’t think about it anymore. If you need to
override this behavior, it’s still possible to do so by specifying the whole
list of packages you want initialized (and installed if necessary) on the
(el-get 'sync ...) call.
That later setup is useful if you want to share your el-get selection on several machines.