python-mode in emacs

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Tue Oct 17 12:36:50 UTC 2006

On 2006-10-17 02:20, Svein Halvor Halvorsen <svein.h at> wrote:
>cpghost wrote:
>> Well, it doesn't cause any harm to add to your ~/.emacs
>> ;; Add python-mode
>> (autoload 'python-mode "python-mode" "Python editing mode." t)
>> (setq auto-mode-alist
>>   (cons '("\\.py$" . python-mode) auto-mode-alist))
>> (add-hook 'python-mode-hook 'turn-on-font-lock)
>>> 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?
>> I don't know. But having Emacs auto-load every mode from there
>> doesn't seem a good idea. And the port can't do that either, since
>> it's a per-user decision.
> I wasn't suggesting emacs autoload every mode, but rather that emacs
> simply read the files, and offer me the choice of using modes defines
> in such files.
> E.g. do the same as
> $emacs -l /usr/local/share/emacs/site-lisp/python-mode.el
> If I start emacs by just typing "emacs", and then use "esc-x"
> python-mode is not an option. However, If I use the -l option,
> python-mode is not automatically loaded, but emacs will then offer me
> the option of loading it later.
> Your suggested additions to my .emacs file, seems to work, though.

The newer versions of GNU Emacs include `python-mode' in the core Emacs
distribution, so you might want to try the editors/emacs-devel port :)

The distfiles of this port are generated from CVS snapshots of Emacs
22.X, which is going to be the next release of GNU Emacs.  This version
of Emacs still has a few rough edges (i.e. the GTK+ UI crashes on
FreeBSD 7.0-CURRENT), but it has worked remarkably well for several
months here.

If you give it a try, please let me know, as all the testing we can get
is nice.

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