Disabling a command marks the command as requiring user confirmation before it can be executed. Disabling is used for commands which might be confusing to beginning users, to prevent them from using the commands by accident.
The low-level mechanism for disabling a command is to put a
disabled property on the Lisp symbol for the
command. These properties are normally set up by the user’s
init file (see The Init File) with Lisp expressions such as this:
(put 'upcase-region 'disabled t)
For a few commands, these properties are present by default (you can remove them in your init file if you wish).
If the value of the
disabled property is a string, the message
saying the command is disabled includes that string. For example:
(put 'delete-region 'disabled "Text deleted this way cannot be yanked back!\n")
See Disabling in The GNU Emacs Manual, for the details on what happens when a disabled command is invoked interactively. Disabling a command has no effect on calling it as a function from Lisp programs.
The value of the
disabled property can also be a list where
the first element is the symbol
query. In that case, the user
will be queried whether to execute the command. The second element in
the list should be
nil or non-
nil to say whether to use
yes-or-no-p, respectively, and the third
element is the question to use. The
function should be used to enable querying for a command.
Allow command (a symbol) to be executed without special confirmation from now on, and alter the user’s init file (see The Init File) so that this will apply to future sessions.
Require special confirmation to execute command from now on, and alter the user’s init file so that this will apply to future sessions.
The value of this variable should be a function. When the user
invokes a disabled command interactively, this function is called
instead of the disabled command. It can use
to determine what the user typed to run the command, and thus find the
The value may also be
nil. Then all commands work normally,
even disabled ones.
By default, the value is a function that asks the user whether to proceed.