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The smartparens minor mode is quite annoying to me, so I want to have it disabled on default. However, I don't want to uninstall it, in case I need it someday.

Can I disable a minor mode without uninstalling it?

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    Why is it enabled in the first place? Are you using an Emacs configuration that's not your own? – wasamasa Feb 11 '17 at 15:05
  • Put this in your init file after smartparens is loaded (and after whatever is turning it on turns it on): (smartparens-mode -1). But it's better to not turn it on in the first place, so look for where that's happening. – Drew Feb 11 '17 at 16:10
  • @wasamasa I forgot to say that I'm using Spacemacs. Question tag edited. My bad. – nalzok Feb 11 '17 at 17:30
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    @SunQingyao in the case of smartparens it won't be uninstalled because it is a dependency of other packages like evil-lisp-state package, but you will lose the Spacemacs configuration for smartparens. Let me find a solution for you. – syl20bnr Feb 12 '17 at 2:03
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    I added and edited an answer which explains how I came with the solution, I hope it will help. – syl20bnr Feb 12 '17 at 2:17
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First, to know what Spacemacs configures about smartparens you can SPC h SPC and type smartparens, you'll get a list of all the places where smartparens is configured, choose the candidate smartparens (owner: spacemacs-editing layer) to go to the code configuring the package. In the code you can see that in the :init section of use-package we setup some hooks.

Spacemacs enables an hidden feature of use-package which allows to define hooks for :init and :config blocks.

So you can add a :post-init use-package hook in your dotspacemacs/user-init function whose job is to remove the hooks:

(spacemacs|use-package-add-hook smartparens
  :post-init
  (remove-hook 'prog-mode-hook 'smartparens-mode)
  (remove-hook 'comint-mode-hook 'smartparens-mode)
  (remove-hook 'minibuffer-setup-hook
               'spacemacs//conditionally-enable-smartparens-mode))
  • It works like magic, thank you! However, to encourage potential answers, please let me wait for a while before I accept this answer. – nalzok Feb 12 '17 at 2:45
  • Also, do you know how to eagerly load a package when Emacs starts up? Please see my comment to the other answer for the background. – nalzok Feb 12 '17 at 3:20
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    You can explicitly require it in your dotspacemacs/user-config function. – syl20bnr Feb 15 '17 at 13:30
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There is another approach besides the ones mentioned in the comments. All of these choices expand the configurability of Emacs. You may want to look into Shingo Fukuyama's package, manage-minor-mode, which is also on MELPA.

Can I disable a minor mode without uninstalling it?

Yes. With M-x manage-minor-mode, you can toggle any selectively and temporarily. How selective and how temporary is up for your exploration, but this is an option to consider. I use it for seeing the list of currently active minor modes. I'd think would have had a feature like this.

  • How can I installed a package locally? MELPA does have a package called manage-minor-mode, but adding manage-minor-mode to dotspacemacs-configuration-layers gave me an - Unknown layer manage-minor-mode declared in dotfile. warning. – nalzok Feb 12 '17 at 1:34
  • OK, I've installed it now. However, manage-minor-mode is lazily loaded, making it incapable of doing anything until I explicitly load it with M-x manage-minor-mode. How to make it automatically loads when Emacs starts up? – nalzok Feb 12 '17 at 2:35
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    Just (require 'manage-minor-mode) before using it ;-) – syl20bnr Feb 13 '17 at 0:38

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