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Re: address@hidden: Re: Possible help with stable Emacs releases.]

From: Rob Browning
Subject: Re: address@hidden: Re: Possible help with stable Emacs releases.]
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 20:56:32 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.1006 (Gnus v5.10.6) Emacs/21.3 (gnu/linux)

Luc Teirlinck <address@hidden> writes:

> After grepping for `emacs-version', it appears that changing the
> current convention would require checking a surprisingly *huge*
> amount of code.  A non-trivial amount of code will probably have to
> be rewritten.  version.el definitely would have to be rewritten.
> This is a small file.  But it would then in turn force rewriting all
> kind of other stuff, spread all over the place.  Many third party
> packages may get broken, as they tend to check for emacs-version a
> lot and rely on the current conventions.

Ahh.  I wondered about that.

OK, well, as I mentioned, I'm not set on any particular approach.  I
just wanted to bring up the release issues before deciding on a
process.  Of course, none of this has to be resolved immediately.  It
can certainly wait until 21.4 is ready.

Rob Browning
rlb @defaultvalue.org and @debian.org; previously @cs.utexas.edu
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