I'm trying to install the smartparens package, but I'm having trouble. When I go to M-x list-packages, mark smartparens for installation, and hit x (execute) y (yes), I get the error message:

Required package 'dash' is disabled

This is not just for smartparens, but for anything that depends on dash.

By removing almost all of my packages except helm-projectile and its dependencies, I was able to install dash from either Melpa or GNU; nevertheless, every time I try to install smartparens it complains that dash is disabled.

My essential question is what is going wrong, or what am I missing; and how can I enable dash so that I can install things that depend on it?

Supplementary info:

The value of package-load-list is ((helm-core t) (helm t) (async t) (popup t))

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    What is the value of package-load-list? Call C-h v and input package-load-list RETURN.
    – Tobias
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 16:29
  • @Tobias Added the value to my answer.
    – Violet
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 18:08
  • The help buffer offers you to customize package-load-list. Do so and choose all from the Value Menu. Delete all other items from this list. Try again the installation of smartparens? This is just a guess motivated by the documentation.
    – Tobias
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 18:13

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Based on Tobias's suggestion in the comments, I found that package-load-list was getting overridden in my init.el by a code snippet that I'd gotten from someone else. Commenting out that line didn't seem to affect helm, and it fixed my original problem.

  • Please accept you own answer to mark this question as solved in the overview. Thanks in advance
    – Tobias
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 18:20
  • Not sure what's up, but this is the second time I've been told this despite the fact that I can't accept my own answer for 48 hours.
    – Violet
    Commented Nov 2, 2016 at 20:12

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