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Re: Documentation for ido-mode is not very enlightening

From: era eriksson
Subject: Re: Documentation for ido-mode is not very enlightening
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 07:48:59 +0000 (UTC)
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Stefan Monnier <monnier <at> iro.umontreal.ca> writes:
> > Anyhow, on a Debian-based system, the .el sources are even somewhat
> > unlikely to be installed; the Ubuntu emacs22 base installation doesn't
> > "recommend" or even "suggest" the emacs22-el add-on package which
> > contains the elisp files.  (I believe the situation is similar on
> > Debian itself.)
> Please report this as a bug (to Ubuntu and/or Debian).

Seems I was sloppy; the emacs22-common package on Ubuntu does Suggest: 

The user might still opt not to install the elisp files, but I guess more and
more packaging tools are installing even suggested packages by default.

(For those unfamiliar with Debian's and thus Ubuntu's dependency handling, there
are three levels, from Depends: through Recommends: to Suggests: going from
unconditional to informational -- the Debian Policy documents this in more
detail; http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-relationships.html

You can examine Debian's package dependencies on-line starting e.g. at
http://packages.debian.org/sid/emacs22-common if you are interested.)

You could still argue that there ought to be some sort of wrapper for the Finder
so that users are made aware that they lack a dependency if they don't have the
.el files, but I digress already.

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