A file of saved abbrev definitions is actually a file of Lisp code.
The abbrevs are saved in the form of a Lisp program to define the same
abbrev tables with the same contents. Therefore, you can load the file
load (see How Programs Do Loading). However, the
quietly-read-abbrev-file is provided as a more
convenient interface. Emacs automatically calls this function at
User-level facilities such as
save-some-buffers can save
abbrevs in a file automatically, under the control of variables
This is the default file name for reading and saving abbrevs. By default, Emacs will look for ~/.emacs.d/abbrev_defs, and, if not found, for ~/.abbrev_defs; if neither file exists, Emacs will create ~/.emacs.d/abbrev_defs.
This function reads abbrev definitions from a file named filename, previously written with
write-abbrev-file. If filename is omitted or
nil, the file specified in
As the name implies, this function does not display any messages.
save-abbrevsmeans that Emacs should offer to save abbrevs (if any have changed) when files are saved. If the value is
silently, Emacs saves the abbrevs without asking the user.
abbrev-file-namespecifies the file to save the abbrevs in. The default value is
This variable is set non-
nilby defining or altering any abbrevs (except system abbrevs). This serves as a flag for various Emacs commands to offer to save your abbrevs.
Save all abbrev definitions (except system abbrevs), for all abbrev tables listed in
abbrev-table-name-list, in the file filename, in the form of a Lisp program that when loaded will define the same abbrevs. If filename is
abbrev-file-nameis used. This function returns