I am inexperienced in Emacs and very new to directory-local variables, so please forgive any obvious things I may be missing.
I am trying to have auto-fill mode activated for all the files in a certain directory. In this directory, I have a
.dir-locals.el file which contains:
((nil . ((eval add-hook 'text-mode-hook 'turn-on-auto-fill) (truncate-lines . nil))) )
(FYI I have
truncate-lines set to
t in my
.emacs file, so that's its "default" value for me.)
After saving this
.dir-locals.el file, when opening a text file with Emacs in this directory, I find that
truncate-lines is indeed turned off. However,
auto-fill isn't working: the lines I'm writing don't break into new lines. (My
fill-column value is 70.)
When I do
C-h v text-mode-hook I get:
text-mode-hook's value is (turn-on-auto-fill text-mode-hook-identify) ...
but when I don't include the "
eval add-hook..." in the
.dir-locals.el file, the words
turn-on-auto-fill don't appear in the
text-mode-hook's value, so the
.el file I have appears to be setting something, it just isn't working.
When I do
M-x auto-fill-mode, then
auto-fill does start working.
Any ideas why
auto-fill isn't working for me from my directory local file? Alternatively, any suggestions for an alternative way to active
auto-fill-mode for and only for the files in my directory?