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.
This function reads abbrev definitions from a file named filename,
previously written with
write-abbrev-file. If filename is
nil, the file specified in
As the name implies, this function does not display any messages.
nil value for
save-abbrevs means 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
abbrev-file-name specifies the file to save the
This variable is set non-
nil by 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
nil or omitted,
abbrev-file-name is used. This function returns