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Re: New build process?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: New build process?
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:56:22 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Lennart Borgman <address@hidden> writes:

> On Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 15:11, Tim Cross <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> I'm actually with Richard on this one.  I think the need to install,
>>> update, and use any additional commands before "./configure; make" is
>>> a nuisance whose justification is questionable at best.  It's just
>>> that I gave up on talking people into catering to us dinosaurs whose
>>> paradise was lost, and Richard is still trying, because he's a better
>>> man than I am.
>> If you believe you can do it and make it solid (which I expect you
>> can), then go for it. I personally don't think it is necessary as we
>> are talking about users who are choosing to interact at a low
>> development level, which IMO is a moving target subject to change and
>> instability. We should not set the bar too high here - put our efforts
>> into improving emacs and not into improving the build process for
>> those who chose to interact at this level.
>> Yes, I guess I would be considered a dinosaur and possibly not even a
> Dear dinosaur, can't you believe making the build process simple saves
> a lot of time for many developers?

The build process _is_ simple.  The question is more about it being
discoverable.  Adding two sentences to INSTALL in the line of

    These are the installation instructions for compiling Emacs from a
    distribution tarball.  If you are working from a Bazaar checkout,
    please refer to INSTALL.BZR.

should be enough.

David Kastrup

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