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Disabling a command marks it as requiring confirmation before it can
be executed. The purpose of disabling a command is to prevent
beginning users from executing it by accident and being confused.
The direct mechanism for disabling a command is to have a non-`nil'
`disabled' property on the Lisp symbol for the command. These
properties are normally set by the user's `.emacs' file with Lisp
expressions such as:
(put 'delete-region 'disabled t)
If the value of the `disabled' property is a string, that string is
included in the message printed when the command is used:
(put 'delete-region 'disabled
"Text deleted this way cannot be yanked back!\n")
You can disable a command either by editing the `.emacs' file
directly or with the command `M-x disable-command', which edits the
`.emacs' file for you. Note: Init File.
When you attempt to invoke a disabled command interactively in Emacs,
a window is displayed containing the command's name, its documentation,
and some instructions on what to do next; then Emacs asks for input
saying whether to execute the command as requested, enable it and
execute, or cancel it. If you decide to enable the command, you are
asked whether to do this permanently or just for the current session.
Enabling permanently works by automatically editing your `.emacs' file.
You can use `M-x enable-command' at any time to enable any command
Whether a command is disabled is independent of what key is used to
invoke it; it also applies if the command is invoked using `M-x'.
Disabling a command has no effect on calling it as a function from Lisp
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