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Is there any way to turn on (inhibit-message) only for particular modes or buffers or frames or windows? (any of those would do)

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inhibit-message is a variable (added in 25.1), not a function (I mention this because you've written it like a function call).

Therefore you can set its value buffer-locally:

(setq-local inhibit-message t)

Where you would do that would depend on your specific requirements.

For a particular mode you can use the associated mode hook. For foo-mode you would use:

(add-hook 'foo-mode-hook 'my-inhibit-buffer-messages)

(defun my-inhibit-buffer-messages ()
  "Set `inhibit-message' buffer-locally."
  (setq-local inhibit-message t))

Note that a more typical use for the variable would be to let-bind it around some specific code:

(let ((inhibit-message t))
  ...)
  • Thanks for this. When I add inhibit-message to a file as a local variable, it works as desired. However, defining a function and calling it via a mode-hook (as above) doesn't seem to work for me. – emacsomancer Oct 13 '16 at 16:39
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    Experimentally it works for me. Can you elaborate? – phils Oct 13 '16 at 19:26
  • Ok, I think I got it working now. Checking. – emacsomancer Oct 13 '16 at 21:06

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