Svein Halvor Halvorsen wrote:

Emacs doesn't seem to load files in /usr/local/share/emacs/site-lisp
installed by ports. E.g python-mode installs files in this directory,
but python-mode is not available in emacs afterwards. I have to manually
tell emacs to look in these files.

Are there any way to get emacs to automatically read files in this
directory? Am I missing something? Shouldn't the ports system by default
be setup in a way that this would work?

My emacs compiled out of ports does look in that directory by default.

In emacs do "ESC-x describe-variable load-path" which tells you where emacs is looking. Mine is

("/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/site-lisp" "/usr/local/share/emacs/site-lisp" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/leim" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/toolbar" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/textmodes" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/progmodes" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/play" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/obsolete" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/net" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/mail" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/language" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/international" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/gnus" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/eshell" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/emulation" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/emacs-lisp" "/usr/local/share/emacs/21.3/lisp/calendar")

and as you can see second entry is "/usr/local/share/emacs/site-lisp"

Assuming it is missing for you, then you could add something like this to your .emacs

(set-variable 'load-path (append '("/usr/local/share/emacs/site-lisp") load-path))

but that sticks it at the end, so anything there won't override defaults, which is not so good.

Make sure you environment does not set EMACSLOADPATH which would override compile-time defaults.



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