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Re: Suggestion: Make tar-mode activated in Emacs

From: David Masterson
Subject: Re: Suggestion: Make tar-mode activated in Emacs
Date: 02 Aug 2001 09:55:50 -0700
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>>>>> "Richard" == Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org> writes:

> A package system seems too heavyweight, 

Any particular reason why?  At the start, in Emacs, all we're talking
about is really defining a standard directory structure where packages
can be installed and automatically recognized.  That, in turn, would
mean some manipulation of the "path" variables at start up to
recognize where the new package is, but that's about it.

> but this Debian idea
>     See also the way Debian implements an init.d-like directory where
>     each file installed there is loaded by Emacs on startup.
> seems like a good feature.  

This seems like just a subset of the above.  To ease the burden of the 
init files figuring out where the rest of the package is, wouldn't you 
need to establish some conventions on where the package should be?
The site-lisp directory doesn't quite seem right for this as it tends
to develop according to whatever convention the site administrator

> When the user has an init file, the init file should be able to
> control whether these files are used.

By "init file", I assume you mean site-start.el, .emacs, and

David Masterson
Sr. R&D Engineer
Synopsys, Inc.

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