windows 10, emacs 26.1

Here dired in summary mode:

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If I want to show detail I press ( and here result:

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Nice. But I want always to show dired in details. So I set this variable:

 '(global-dired-hide-details-mode nil)

but it not help. It always show dired in summary mode.

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    The vanilla Emacs's Dired doesn't enable the buffer-local mode dired-hide-details-mode by default. So you need to figure out how you did it (a common way is (add-hook 'dired-mode-hook 'dired-hide-details-mode)) then undo it. And there is no global-dired-hide-details-mode.
    – xuchunyang
    Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 9:21
  • Sorry it was because was start dired plus package. If disable it, then dired mode show , by default, show details info. Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 9:50

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As comments have indicated, in vanilla Emacs Dired does not hide details by default. But Dired+ does hide details by default.

If you want to use Dired+ and you want to show details by default then just customize option diredp-hide-details-initially-flag. That's what it's for: to give users control over the initial behavior.

See also option diredp-hide-details-propagate-flag:

Non-nil means display the next Dired buffer the same way as the last.

The last dired-hide-details-mode value set is used by the next Dired buffer created.

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