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bug#11410: 24.1.50; package.el `emacs' package information is broken

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: bug#11410: 24.1.50; package.el `emacs' package information is broken
Date: Sat, 05 May 2012 09:23:16 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.1.50 (gnu/linux)

> Surely the idea is for packages to refuse to even *install* under Emacs
> versions where they won't work (package.el displays an "emacs x.x not
> available" in this case.)
> That seems like a useful feature to me.

Preventing users to do what they want doesn't sound useful to me (as
I was recently reminded when gparted obnoxiously refused to work on my
USB stick, arguing that I need to be root to use it, even though I had
write-access to it, and then when I tried again as root it again refused
obnoxiously to move the partition arguing that it doesn't know the
file-system type (of course, in 99% of the cases moving a partition can
be done without paying any attention to the partition type)).  Note that
I reported such problems to gparted already years ago.  Hell, even
"gparted --help" complains if you're not root.  Next thing you know,
they'll change the access permissions to the gparted manpage so only
root can read it.

I guess a warning could be useful, yes.


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