With emacs-21.3-3, if I start emacs, type some text, type M-<, and then type
C-w, it beeps and says, "The mark is not active now." This behavior was not
present in emacs-21.3-1. I traced it to the fact that transient-mark-mode is
set to true in default.el.
Perhaps this is a bug in transient-mark-mode; the description of the variable
certainly doesn't imply that this behavior should occur. In this case, I
suppose you should report it upstream.
Independent of that, I don't think it's appropriate for Red Hat to set
transient-mark-mode in default.el. It's a personal user preference, and I
believe the default should be left as shipped by the FSF.
The behaviour is better documented in the emacs info manual.
However I agree forcing this on old users is perhaps not right.
I can either move it back into "/etc/skel/.emacs" and make it a
defvar instead so that it is easy for experienced users to override
it in their own .emacs file.
I meant "... OR make it a defvar..."
Btw if you don't want to use the settings in "default.el" you know you
can also set "(setq inhibit-default-init t)" in your .emacs file.
In emacs-21.3-8 I commenting out transient-mark-mode
in the .emacs skel file too.
*** Bug 102441 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***