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Re: loading message.el for two small functions

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Re: loading message.el for two small functions
Date: 04 Dec 2001 01:01:41 +0100
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Bill Wohler <address@hidden> writes:

> Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:
> >     * mail/smtpmail.el: Use with-current-buffer.
> >     (message-make-date, message-make-message-id): Autoload when needed.
> > 
> > message.el is almost 5000 lines.  It is very inefficient to load that
> > file just to get these two small functions.  Would you please copy and
> > rename the functions instead?
> <soapbox>
>   I don't know how much time I've spent looking for and fixing bugs in
>   code that was fixed in cut-and-pasted code elsewhere. Or how many
>   bugs I've seen pop up that were seemingly fixed before. Programmers
>   should have a finger cut off every time they cut and paste.

And IMO this will get worse with the planned implementation of lexical
binding - if someone copies code from a file with lexical binding to a file
with dynamic binding (or vice versa).

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