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Re: please put version timestamp inside .el files


From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: please put version timestamp inside .el files
Date: 14 May 2001 09:54:41 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.0.104

>>>>> "Dan" == Dan Jacobson <address@hidden> writes:
> hoops to get it, or hope that ls -l would be correct thru possible
> repackaging by RPM providers,

ls -l *is* correct in my experience.

> Anyway, I think that I can prevent a bad precedent from starting
> here.  I'm not sure but it seems there should be a switch in the CVS
> system that says "OK, we know it is ugly, but make the distribution
> version of the file the same as the developer version".  Enabling it

I'm not sure you understand, because the distribution version
of a file *is* the same as the development version.
We just don't keep the $Id$ tag in the files at all because they
are inconvenient.  You don't see them, I don't see them, nobody sees them.

> Can't there be some kind of auto timestamp mode enabled... I mean there's
> even been lots of *.el code written to create timestamps... one would
> think it odd that those .el files containing that code would somehow be
> not suitable for timestamping... or at least not suitable for timestamping
> in the version given to the general public.

Some people like timestamps, so they wrote packages to maintain them.
The Emacs maintainers don't like them, so they don't use them.  They
are even more of a pain than $Id$ entries since they change even more
often, leading to even more spurious conflicts.


        Stefan



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