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Re: elisp-manual-21-2.8 Makefile does not conform to GNU standards

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: elisp-manual-21-2.8 Makefile does not conform to GNU standards
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 16:29:52 +0200

> From: David Kastrup <address@hidden>
> Newsgroups: gnu.emacs.bug
> Date: 22 Mar 2002 14:41:16 +0100
> > Since in future releases the ELisp manual will be distributed as part
> > of Emacs, I'm not sure this is something we need to fix.  What do you
> > think?
> I think it would probably not be the worst idea if the Elisp manual
> remained available separately for those who desired it.

I understand that it could be useful, but please don't forget that
each separate package requires some work to be done to release it.
With our resources severely limited, less important tasks don't get
done, unless someone volunteers.

> For example, there might be XEmacs package authors around that would
> not mind having their packages also run on Emacs.  If somebody else
> delivers a first port, not much more than crosschecking with the
> Elisp manual when doing changes is required, without having to
> install or use Emacs itself.

Anonymous CVS access should be a partial solution to that.

> Also there are many people using prepackaged versions of Emacs (RPM
> files and the like).  If those want to, say, print out an Elisp
> manual, they would need to get at the TeXinfo source.

Yes, that's a certain regression from the point of view of people who
want the printed copy.  Perhaps vendors who prepare the RPMs could be
requested to provide such packages?

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