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Re: Rmail mbox-format branch

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Rmail mbox-format branch
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 14:42:26 +0300

> Cc: address@hidden,  address@hidden
> From: address@hidden (Kim F. Storm)
> Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 12:39:37 +0200
> It will probably take a month or two for the emacs developers
> to fix bugs in the unicode branch before starting pretest on 22.1 --
> in the meantime, we can run a pretest for 21.5 bug-fix release if
> necessary.

Okay, but that means we cannot ``immediately'' start pretesting 22.1.

> > Experience also shows that a pretest of a major new release takes
> > several months.  21.1 took more than 6 months, IIRC, and it was used
> > by more people before the pretest than the Unicode branch is now.
> 21.1 was developed within a "closed group".  21.4 has been developed
> in a wide open forum since day 1, and I think that CVS emacs is used
> by MANY users everyday already -- and as such has got more pre-testing
> already than 21.1 ever got!
> So I'm pretty optimistic re. the length of the 21.4 pretest.

I was talking about the length of the pretest of 22.1, not of 21.4.
The unicode branch is developed by a small group as well, I think it's
even smaller than the one who used 21.1 during its development.

> But if we merge the rmail/mbox branch to trunk now, I'm much less
> optimistic :-(

I don't understand why.  Most Emacs suers don't use RMAIL anyway, so
please explain the reasons for your pessimism.

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