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Re: .info files

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: .info files
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:13:19 +0300

> From: Glenn Morris <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden,  address@hidden
> Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:44:50 -0400
> Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > We could use "makeinfo --no-split" for all the Info manuals (we do
> > that for some now), and then the .info extension wouldn't be a problem
> > for MS-DOS.
> To me, it would make sense to ask when 24.1 is released if anyone is
> still making serious use of it on MS-DOS, and if so to let emacs-devel
> know. config.bat could even print such a question.
> Though, this was done 4 years ago.
> http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/info-gnu-emacs/2007-11/msg00000.html
> I don't know how many replied.

You could just check the comp.os.msdos.djgpp newsgroup (actually, the
signal-to-spam ratio would be lower if you used its mailing list
gateway, address@hidden).  I can tell you that just a week ago
someone told me that Emacs 23.4 would not build for him (because some
change back-ported from the trunk broke one of DOS-specific files).
and also 

> It's an impressive technical achievement to make a modern Emacs work on
> MS-DOS, but if literally no-one is using it, it would be nice if the
> consequences for the rest of us could be minimized. The one that crops
> up most often is file names. Obviously it is not the end of the world,
> but it is an annoyance not to be able to name things as one would want.

I proposed a solution that should work for everyone.  Why not consider

> If Paul's idea for removing that issue works

It doesn't, not for me.  If worse comes to worst, I'd prefer to ignore
the file-name conflicts altogether, than to use that idea.

> I think you would hear fewer gripes about MS-DOS.

I seriously doubt that.

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