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Re: please put version timestamp inside .el files

From: Dan Jacobson
Subject: Re: please put version timestamp inside .el files
Date: 10 May 2001 07:53:58 +0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.0808 (Gnus v5.8.8) Emacs/20.7

>>>>> "Eli" == Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

Eli> On 8 May 2001, Stefan Monnier wrote:

that's odd, I didn't see his message on netnews

>> >>>>> "Dan" == Dan Jacobson <address@hidden> writes:
>> > as many users are using various emacs.rpm and emacs-el.rpm
>> > distributions, it's very easy to be unsure about what .el and .elc's
>> > one is using.
>> I'm not sure what you're referring to exactly.

Eli> Probably to a situation where Joe Random User has a hodgepodge of
Eli> different versions of the same package, downloaded from a few random
Eli> locations on the net.  Our Joe then wants to know which version is the
Eli> latest.

Yes, users aren't perfect and the time between emacs releases is long,
sooner or later they will have various copies of things... unless they
haven't even customized load-path yet.

Eli> IMHO, users should be discouraged from mixing packages in such ways,
Eli> unless they _really_ know what they are doing (in which case Diff or
Eli> Ediff is their friend).  Otherwise, they should stick to the bundled

Yes, but even after running that one cannot be 100% sure of which
version is newer... or 'how new'...

Eli> versions, because those at least were tested together with the other
Eli> related packages and the C core.

Hold on a second... what are the bad points of putting that
;$version 3.33 $$ Thu May 10 07:52:27 CST 2001 $$ line in an .el file
other than it is not pretty...  One extra line doesn't burden disk
drives that much.
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