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The files in this directory contain source code for the XEmacs facilities written in Emacs Lisp. .el files are Elisp source, and .elc files are byte-compiled versions of the corresponding *.el files. Byte-compiled files are architecture-independent.

Someone please update this.

bogus> When XEmacs starts up, it adds all subdirectories of the bogus> site-lisp directory. The site-lisp directory normally exists bogus> only in installation trees. For more information about the bogus> site-lisp directory see the NEWS file.

bogus> After XEmacs adds all subdirectories of the site-lisp bogus> directory, it adds all subdirectories of this directory to the bogus> load-path (the list of directories to be searched when loading bogus> files.) To speed up this process, this directory has been bogus> rearranged to have very few files at the top-level, so that bogus> emacs doesn’t have to stat() several hundred files to find the bogus> dozen or so which are actually subdirectories.

bogus> Directories whose names begin with “-” or “.” are not added to bogus> the default load-path.

The only files which remain at top-level are those which you might reasonably want to alter when installing or customizing XEmacs at your site. The files which may appear at top level are:

paths.el    You may need to change the default pathnames here,
        but probably not.  This is loaded before XEmacs is

site-init.el    To pre-load additional libraries into XEmacs and dump
        them in the executable, load them from this file.
        Read the instructions in this file for a description
        of how to do this.

site-load.el    This is like site-init.el, but if you want the 
        docstrings of your preloaded libraries to be kept in
        the DOC file instead of in the executable, you should
        load them from this file instead.  To do this, you must
        also cause them to be scanned when the DOC file is
        generated by editing ../src/Makefile.in.in and
        rerunning configure.

site-start.el   This is loaded each time XEmacs starts up, before the
        user's .emacs file.

default.el  This is loaded each time XEmacs starts up, after the
        user's .emacs file, unless .emacs sets the variable
        inhibit-default-init to t.

version.el  This contains the version information for XEmacs.