Frequently Asked Questions
I wanted a name that’s not as boring as
project.el and implies that your
interaction with projects is going to speed up significantly. :-)
Funny enough, a few years after Projectile was created, another similar
project.el was born. Despite its boring name it’s a great
project and happens to be part of Emacs.
project.el was introduced in Emacs 25.1, released in 2016, and a lot of people
have been asking since how do the two packages compare.
Internally they have a lot of differences (e.g. different approach to project discovery and indexing), but from the user standpoint they are probably quite similar
these days (circa 2021). Historically, Projectile had a lot more features, but many
of them found their way into
project.el over the years. If all you need is
a way to quickly jump between project files or search/replace inside a project, you can’t go wrong with both.
For me Projectile’s biggest advantage will always be that it’s more community-friendly (e.g. the development happens on GitHub), and it’s not restricted by the FSF contributor agreement, which means that everyone can easily contribute to the project. Of course, this comes with the downside that you have to install Projectile yourselves.
One under-appreciated advantage of Projectile is that it has way more documentation. Okay, that’s only an advantage if you’re one of those rare people who enjoy reading it.
|You can find a more detailed comparison here.
Starting with Projectile 2.7, Projectile will plug automatically its
project discovery functions in
project.el. You can find more
information on the subject in the "Usage" section of
Yeah, it does. I don’t use TRAMP myself, however, so I never paid that much attention to the TRAMP support. It’s mostly community-maintained.
Historically Projectile used to use
C-c p as the prefix for all of its commands.
I opted for the
C-c p prefix fully aware that this violates a very
mostly because it felt practical and because pressing
C-c C-p is not
super convenient for many people.
Eventually this was changed in Projectile 2.0. That’s why currently Projectile requires users to select a prefix key for its commands explicitly.
Projectile will work without any external dependencies out of the box. However, if you have various tools installed, they will be automatically used when appropriate to improve performance.
Inside version control repositories, VC tools are used when installed to list files more efficiently. The supported tools include git, hg, fossil, bzr, darcs, pijul, svn, sapling and jujutsu.
Outside version control repositories, file search tools are used when installed for a faster search than pure Elisp. The supported tools include fd and GNU/BSD find.
By default, if fd is installed, it is also used inside Git
repositories as an alternative to
git ls-files, because
ls-files has the limitation that it also lists deleted files until
the deletions are staged, which can be confusing. You can eliminate
the use of fd in this circumstance by setting
Certainly! In our issue
tracker we’ve got
plenty of tickets marked with
Help Wanted or
Good First Issue that
you can take a stab at, if you’d like to help out!