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Re: Emacs Package Management

From: Eric Schulte
Subject: Re: Emacs Package Management
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2009 11:00:19 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.110011 (No Gnus v0.11) Emacs/23.1.50 (darwin)

Phil Hagelberg <address@hidden> writes:
> * Emacs is already too big. If we made it easy to install third-party
>   packages, we could spin many packages already included in Emacs
>   (perhaps gnus, erc, and org) out into their own independent
>   projects. We would avoid problems like "the big gnus merge" that
>   happens every so often as well as allowing them to follow their own
>   release cycles. In addition, a lot of packages are simply fringe;
>   they're only useful to a small subset of Emacs users.

I think this point is increasingly important as people try to install
Emacs on mobile devices.  The use of a package system which tracks
dependencies between packages would be a great help to users who are
currently lopping off large parts of Emacs to fit it onto devices with
limited memory.

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