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Re: [AUCTeX-devel] Re: Maintainer wanted for RefTeX

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX-devel] Re: Maintainer wanted for RefTeX
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 08:36:59 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

I apologize for the original still being stuck in moderation till the
evening: I don't have the mailing list passwords at my workplace.

Carsten Dominik <address@hidden> writes:

> On Dec 19, 2006, at 20:29, Ralf Angeli wrote:
>> * David Kastrup (2006-12-18) writes:
>>> Carsten Dominik <address@hidden> writes:
>>>> I have not updated this mode for a long time because of lack of
>>>> time.  If I can find a good maintainer, I would like to hand over
>>>> maintenance of this mode to someone else.
>>> Ok, I am thinking whether it would be a good idea to just fold RefTeX
>>> into the AUCTeX CVS.
>> I'm all for it.
>> Personally I'll probably not be able to add new features at the
>> moment but bug fixing should be possible.  And if stuff like
>> version control is in place it will be easier for potential new
>> developers to chime in.
> I think it this would definitely be my preferred solution, you
> people are certainly the best caretakers one could think of.
> I have one question: RefTeX is part of Emacs, and also of XEmacs.
> On the XEmacs side things would be easy - as AUCTeX is part of it
> (at least it was last time I checked), we could simply remove the
> RefTeX package and install reftex as part of the AUCTeX package.

And 10 years later, it will become generally available.  XEmacs Sumo
is still stuck at AUCTeX 11.55 (no preview-latex) or so because there
is currently no active integrator.  And XEmacs has no dependency
system, so we'd likely get duplicate RefTeX variants if it were folded
into AUCTeX and an older version still remains on the system.
Frankly, XEmacs is the platform I am most concerned about.

> I am wondering how things would work on the Emacs side.  Do you have
> a mechanism in place that would occasionally also update the version
> of RefTeX in Emacs?

Not yet.  But since RefTeX just consists of Elisp files, I don't think
this should be problematic.

> And maybe also fold back changes made by other Emacs developers to
> it (usually small things like typos, and implementing new
> conventions they come up with).

I think for now we might get along with a manual process.

David Kastrup

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