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Re: [AUCTeX] how to use the git repository to obtain the latest aucTeX?

From: Tassilo Horn
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX] how to use the git repository to obtain the latest aucTeX?
Date: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:01:57 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.130008 (Ma Gnus v0.8) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:

>>> At any rate: while there was a wagonload of work invested in that
>>> area, it would appear that some of that meets the label "too
>>> clever".
>> Seems so, especially wrt the single-user install.  AUCTeX is the only
>> elisp package I know that you can't just unpack/clone, optionally
>> configure & make and then add that directory to load-path and be done.
> Huh?  How are any other package's info files going to end up compiled
> and placed within the Emacs info tree?

Ok, ok, you also need to add the package's doc dir to
Info-directory-list, and possibly generate a dir file in there with

>> Nevertheless, it works fine for me, and is less hassle than the
>> documented way.  I wonder if it would make sense to document that
>> instead of the current advice for user-installs in the docs.
> No.  It never makes sense in the long run to document how to work
> around the design of software.
> If you ever feel the urge to do that, resist it.  Change the design
> instead.

It's doing just fine with normal system installs, building XEmacs
packages and what not.  But therefore it's complicated.  I'm not brave
enough to put my hands on it.


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