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bug#1191: How to contribute back changes for Emacs on Solaris

From: Ali Bahrami
Subject: bug#1191: How to contribute back changes for Emacs on Solaris
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 11:10:34 -0700
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Dan Nicolaescu wrote:
Ali Bahrami <address@hidden> writes:

  > This message is a follow up to one I sent to emacs-devel
  > last July:
> > http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-devel/2008-07/msg00070.html > > The question had to do with why emacs wasn't using dldump()
  > to produce the dumped executable under Solaris. It had been using it
  > up until 2002, at which point it was commented out, and it wasn't
  > clear why. No one knew the reason, and the consensus was "try it and see".
> > Since then, I've done some work to integrate emacs with
  > OpenSolaris as a standard package. I turned on dldump(),
  > and have been using the emacs binaries built with it daily
  > since July without issue.
> > So now, I have some things I'd like to send back up stream
  > and get integrated into the emacs distribution:
> > - Man pages for things installed to /usr/bin that didn't
  >    already have a manpage:
  >          b2m.1
  >          ebrowse.1
  >          grep-changelog.1
  >          rcs-checkin.1
  >  - Small changes to config.guess and configure to properly
  >    detect amd64 hardware running Solaris.
  >  - Use dldump() instead of the generic ELF dump code
  >    under Solaris.
  >  - Use the system malloc under Solaris (at least with
  >    amd64, emacs crashes without this).
> > The manpages can be viewed at: > > http://src.opensolaris.org/source/xref/sfw/usr/src/cmd/emacs/augment/man/man1/b2m.1
> > and the patches at: > > http://src.opensolaris.org/source/xref/sfw/usr/src/cmd/emacs/augment/patch/config.guess.patch
> > The patches are for emacs 22.1. I've examined 22.3, and the
  > changes are applicable there as well. If 22.1 diffs are OK,
  > that's easiest for me, but if not, then please let me know what
  > I need to supply. These diffs are all very short, affecting a
  > small number of lines in each file.
> > So my questions: How can I go about submitting these changes?
  > Is there someone who might work with me to get this done?
  > What format would you need to get them in, and where can
  > I send them?

Your patches for the Solaris configuration are now in.
config.guess has been updated from upstream with your changes.
There's a man page for ebrowse now.
Not sure what to do about the man pages for b2m, grep-changelog, and
rcs-checkin.  You might want to open a separate bug for them.



I'm not sure what I'll do about the manpages, but I don't consider them part of
this bug anymore.

So, we appear to be done, except for the issue I flagged a couple
of days ago. Ben made a modification to my patch for config.guess
(dropping the use of a fully qualified path for 'echo') that causes
emacs to not build correctly for a Solaris user using the bash shell.
It does build successfully, but will always choose to build a 64-bit binary.

I sent mail to Ben about it, and we'll see what he says. However, you
should probably hold off on closing things out just yet.

Another thing to know is that I'm going to disappear for 3 weeks starting
on Dec. 19, and will only have sporadic email access. So I hope we can
get this wrapped up before I go.


- Ali

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