I want to create an Emacs-lisp file to store my org-mode configuration. This file will be loaded by dotspacemacs/user-config. My question is where would it be the standard directory (if any) where I whould store this file? I was considering .emacs.d/private/local, but I noticed it does not exists in load-path, so I guessed it is not intended for this kind of use. Any suggestions?

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It depends on what you want to do, essentially.

If you have lots of extra functionality to add, then have a look at creating your own private layer. There is a tutorial here, and on the spacemacs website, here.

If you plan to have small config files under source control, then having them within your .emacs.d is not a great idea because .emacs.d is already the spacemacs repository, and you wouldn't want to mess up the spacemacs organization with random files.

As an example, I have a ~/Elisp directory where I keep my configuration files. This way I can have a repo with my personal config and have only a single directory that I have to add to the load path. When I grab some config files from other people, or repositories, I usually keep them in their own git repo (from where I cloned them), and add symlinks to my ~/Elisp dir.

Small snippets of code go directly into the .spacemacs file, obviously.

(Looking forward to what other people suggest, too!)

  • So, there is no pre-defined directory for that. It is up to me to create one as I see fit, correct?
    – Jeff
    Commented Apr 7, 2017 at 20:31
  • Pretty much. How to organize files is an open question. Everyone comes up with their own stuff, I guess...
    – Daniel
    Commented Apr 7, 2017 at 20:33

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