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These commands allow you to keep abbrev definitions between editing
Write a file describing all defined abbrevs.
Read such an abbrev file and define abbrevs as specified there.
Similar, but do not display a message about what is going on.
Define abbrevs from buffer.
Insert all abbrevs and their expansions into the buffer.
Use `M-x write-abbrev-file' to save abbrev definitions for use in a
later session. The command reads a file name using the minibuffer and
writes a description of all current abbrev definitions into the
specified file. The text stored in the file looks like the output of
`M-x read-abbrev-file' prompts for a file name using the minibuffer
and reads the specified file, defining abbrevs according to its
contents. `M-x quietly-read-abbrev-file' is the same but does not
display a message in the echo area; it is actually useful primarily in
the `.emacs' file. If you give an empty argument to either of these
functions, the file name Emacs uses is the value of the variable
`abbrev-file-name', which is by default `"~/.abbrev_defs"'.
Emacs offers to save abbrevs automatically if you have changed any of
them, whenever it offers to save all files (for `C-x s' or `C-x C-c').
Set the variable `save-abbrevs' to `nil' to inhibit this feature.
The commands `M-x insert-abbrevs' and `M-x define-abbrevs' are
similar to the previous commands but work on text in an Emacs buffer.
`M-x insert-abbrevs' inserts text into the current buffer before point,
describing all current abbrev definitions; `M-x define-abbrevs' parses
the entire current buffer and defines abbrevs accordingly.
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