To make emacs better-behaved, it seems the following in one's .emacs file is sufficient:
(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.pdf\\'" . fundamental-mode)) (add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.ps\\'" . fundamental-mode))Thanks to Stefan Monnier at https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/gnu.emacs.help/TGVh05FGzK8
My .emacs file (really, my emacs-custom.el which is loaded from my .emacs) has been growing since Fall 1988, and I don't see that changing, especially as new puppies start monkeying with emacs' behavior. Of course, I do trim detritus from time-to-time.
Actually there might be some stuff in there from my time at William and Mary, 1984-1986. Zippy says "yow."