I'm having quite a bit of trouble getting use-package to automatically install packages in emacs27

I deleted a package using package-delete and restarted emacs. On emacs26, use-package would automatically install the package by connecting to MELPA. But on emacs27, I'm getting the below error:

Error (use-package): Failed to install anzu: package.el is not yet initialized!
Error (use-package): Cannot load anzu
Warning (initialization): An error occurred while loading ‘/Users/csraghunandan/.emacs.d/init.el’:

error: package.el is not yet initialized!

Here is my emacs configuration Anybody know how I can fix this issue? Is there anything I need to add to my early-init.el file?

  • I have this in my early-init.el (setq package-enable-at-startup nil). And with that I use the same init.el as before 27 and call (package-initialize) in there.
    – Hubisan
    Aug 16, 2019 at 15:48

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You should report this upstream: the early init of package.el should have taken care of that, so this seems like an upstream bug. That error comes from package.el itself, originally, simply triggered by use-package interacting with the public interface of the package system.


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