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Re: Contributing to Emacs Development

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Contributing to Emacs Development
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2000 22:15:46 +0200

> Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2000 10:39:46 -0600
> From: address@hidden
>       I am attaching a manual page.

If I understand this correctly, it's a double symlink, whereby `emacs'
is a symlink to `/etc/emacs', which in turn is a symlink to either
`/usr/local/bin/emacs-20.7.1' or `/usr/local/bin/emacs-19.34', and
similarly for the `lisp', `info', and all the other direcories that
are part of the Emacs installation.  (Emacs is used as an example; I
understand that alternatives are not limited to Emacs.)

If so, then the problems I was talking about are irrelevant for this
setup--as long as the user only invokes the default `emacs'.  If the
user somehow invokes a non-default Emacs, or says "info -f emacs-19",
the links which look for specific file names will get a wrong file.

I'm actually a bit surprised by this solution, since it enforces the
same default globally, i.e. for all users.  It also prevents users
from running two different versions of the same program
simultaneously, which I thought was the motivation for having several
different versions installed.

But if that's what Debian users want, so be it.

Does this mean that we can blissfully forget about the Info
file-names' problem, as far as Debian is concerned?

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