I've wrote this, and it works:

(use-package web-mode
  :ensure t
  :mode (("\\.php$" .  web-mode)
         ("\\.html$" .  web-mode))
  (defun dg/web-mode-hook())
  (add-hook 'web-mode-hook 'dg/web-mode-hook))

It enables web-mode when opening .php or .html files. I've noticed that use-package also provides :hook directive, but it's not very clear how I can use it in this case.

Any clue?

Thanks in advance.


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As others said I think https://github.com/jwiegley/use-package#hooks is pretty clear. :hook replaces add-hook and creates autoloads for you. Your example with :hook would be:

(use-package web-mode
  :ensure t
  :mode (("\\.php$" .  web-mode)
         ("\\.html$" .  web-mode))
  :hook (web-mode . dg/web-mode-hook)
  (defun dg/web-mode-hook()))
  • 1
    Thank you, I tought that :hook could some way save me from having to define a my-hook-fn().
    – Daniele
    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:43
  • 1
    @Daniele, you should be able to use a lambda form: (use-package web-mode :ensure t :mode (("\\.php$" . web-mode) ("\\.html$" . web-mode)) :hook (web-mode . (lambda () ...)))
    – paradoja
    Feb 15, 2019 at 13:48
  • It is not clear to me. For instance, couldn't you simply write :hook dg/web-mode, and if not, why?
    – kotchwane
    May 30, 2020 at 6:19
  • @kotchwane if you click the readme link in the answer you see that if you pass only one argument (or a list of symbold), use-packages assumes those are the modes you want to activate your current "use-package package" if that makes sense. So in your case it would add web-mode to dg/web-mode-hook (the -hook is added by use-package)
    – dakra
    Jun 1, 2020 at 11:37

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