I try to disable this via

(recentf-mode -1)
(setq recentf-mode nil) ;; mysteriously switches to t after some time

but it keeps automatically turning on after some time and is causing problems for me (see here).

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    How about grepping your config for recentf-mode to see where else it is being set? Also, consider grepping your installed libraries for the same thing. For example, a certain feature of ido-mode relies upon recentf-mode .... – lawlist May 25 '18 at 0:12
  • What @lawlist said. Or bisect your init file to find the culprit. In general, if you have a problem and you don't have it when you start Emacs with emacs -Q (no init file), they check your init file to see how/where you are shooting yourself in the foot. – Drew May 25 '18 at 15:10

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