The variable safe-local-variable-values can store name/value pairs that are safe as file-local or directory-local. However sometimes I want to say any value is valid for a given variable. The manual page I linked to says that any integer value is considered safe for fill-column. Is there a way to do this for my own variables?

  • Try using identity as test.
    – wasamasa
    Apr 12, 2016 at 6:23
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    @wasamasa I think (lambda (_) t) is better, for the nil case.
    – user227
    Apr 12, 2016 at 6:57
  • (lambda (_) t) is also predefined as always
    – scry
    Apr 24, 2023 at 6:32

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Set the safe-local-variable property to a function that validates the value. For example, fill-column has a safe-local-variable property set to integerp. Use (lambda (x) t) as the validation function if any value is valid.

(defvar my-variable-with-any-safe-value …)
(put 'my-variable-with-any-safe-value 'safe-local-variable
     (lambda (x) t))


(defcustom my-variable-with-any-safe-value …
  :safe (lambda (x) t))

Having any valid value is pretty rare. It's far more common to restrict to a specific type, e.g. integerp, stringp, etc.

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