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From: shuki_duv
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Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2003 17:05:49 -0700 (PDT)

I noticed this in one of the first Emacs 21 releases, and it is still
in 21.3.1 - in bytecomp.el, `byte-compile-file':
  (while file-exists-p target-file)
    ;; Remove the target before writing it, so that any
    ;; hard-links continue to point to the old file (this makes
    ;; it possible for installed files to share disk space with
    ;; the build tree, without causing problems when emacs-lisp
    ;; files in the build tree are recompiled).
    (delete-file target-file))

This is a hack for developers, and shouldn't be in the releases, in my
opinion. For example, it trashes the .elc file permissions, not to
speak about symlinks, etc.

Best regards,

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