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[AUCTeX] How to contribute using local copy of git repo

From: Juan Jose Garcia-Ripoll
Subject: [AUCTeX] How to contribute using local copy of git repo
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:26:52 +0200

Dear all,

please excuse my ignorance. I am a long time user of AucTeX, and I love it enough to have written a 300 page book and 120 articles with it. However, throughout the lifetime of the project and my migration back to Windows, I have found some minor problems that I do not want to solve using local hacks of your functions.

These include:

* TeX-error-summary is arbitrarily closed by AucTeX before compilation, causing a new window to be created. In general the philosophy of how this buffer is handled deviates from that of other buffers (Help, manuals, compilations, etc)

* AucTeX fails to parse error messages on MikTeX due to various issues, including spurious ^M characters sometimes popping up in packages.

I would like to debug and work on both locally and contribute patches for both issues, but I find it very obscure how to do this. For starters, the ELPA package of AucTeX does not seem to match the sources that are available on Git.

My ideal workflow would be:
* Develop on top of my git branch
* Let Emacs do the importing of that branch

It seems that is not feasible. If so, I would be not too extremely unhappy to
* Develop on top of my git branch
* Use Windows Linux Subsystem (= Ubuntu) to create a standard package out of the sources
* Install that package in my Windows emacs.



P.S.: As a side question, why does the ELPA package eliminate all references to xemacs? Is this done automatically?

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