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When I type C-x d for the first time after starting emacs I get regular dired, not dired+ view. If I execute M-x diredp-dired-for-files I get dired+ view of the directory, and every C-x d after that opens dired+ view of any directory I visit. Also if dired+ package was updated from list-packages then C-x d invokes dired+ automatically even the first time and without me having to execute diredp-dired-for-files. Why doesn't dired+ get invoked automatically on the first and subsequent C-x d until I manually invoke it as diredp-dired-for-files? Is this how it supposed to work?

Edit I forgot to mention, package-initialize is the first command in my init.el. In fact, the packaging system takes care of this

;; Added by Package.el.  This must come before configurations of
;; installed packages.  Don't delete this line.  If you don't want it,
;; just comment it out by adding a semicolon to the start of the line.
;; You may delete these explanatory comments.
(package-initialize)
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  • If you are using the package system (e.g. MELPA), make sure you have used (package-initialize.

  • Alternatively (especially if you are not using the package system): Put dired+.el (or dired+.elc) in a directory that is in your load-path, and put (require 'dired+) in your init file.

The reason Dired+ was not available from the outset is that it was not loaded by default. The above instructions should fix that. The reason that Dired+ was available after you used a Dired+ command was that the command you used was autoloaded, meaning that you could invoke it before Dired+ was loaded, and invoking it automatically loaded Dired+. Once it was loaded it was available from then on.

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    Unfortunately, it's not so simple because I do use the package system and (package-initialize) is the first command in my init.el, but this doesn't help in this case. Moreover, package-selected-packages list includes dired+. I assume that should guarantee dired+ is loaded by default. – dmakarov Apr 30 '15 at 18:33
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    @dmakarov: did you also include the (require 'dired+) line that Drew mentioned? – Dan Apr 30 '15 at 18:39
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    Indeed, adding (require 'dired+) solves this problem. – dmakarov Apr 30 '15 at 18:44

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