Currently, the tag has two usages. One question is specifically about --debug-init and is also tagged with . The other question is asking about events that happen at startup. This seems like the more useful of the two possibilities. It seems like could cover all instances of needing to use --debug-init since the issue is going to be due to some bug in the init-file.

If the [init] tag is useful, is that the best name for it?

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Based on Would we prefer [dotemacs], [.emacs], [init.el] or [init-file]? , should be when referring to anything related to startup configuration (including debugging).

The second question (regarding events at startup) probably still falls under since how do I change it is handled under the init-file (however what is being triggered has to do with how Emacs handles initialization).

Perhaps to ensure clarity a should be used/created to deal with how Emacs starts up (the entire process, not just the init-file)

  • I agree with this mostly except for the fact that init-file's wiki page says "Do not use this because you think the answer will involve adding a snippet to your init file." It seems like you are suggesting an exception to that guideline. Maybe the wiki page should be clarified.
    – b4hand
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 18:57
  • I'd almost be inclined to say tag as startup (or equivalent) when creating the question, and then could have init-file edited in based on answers since that is how to change the behaviour. Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 19:01
  • @b4hand the reasoning behind that phrase is that 90% of the answers tangentially involve the init file. Events at startup involve the init file in a more fundamental (non tangential) way. So I think they'd be OK.
    – Malabarba
    Commented Nov 8, 2014 at 11:22
  • @Malabarba that's a good point, and seems like a reasonable addendum to the wiki tag page.
    – b4hand
    Commented Nov 9, 2014 at 2:21
  • @Malabarba @b4hand , I've added a few bullet points to the init-file tag description (not the excerpt) summarizing this. Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 14:11

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