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bug#26181: Remove etags

From: Dmitry Gutov
Subject: bug#26181: Remove etags
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:03:24 +0200
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On 20.03.2017 01:15, Glenn Morris wrote:

I've never understood why Emacs includes a tags program.
It's not part of the normal remit of a text editor.

FWIW, it has been handy when we introduced xref and started treating the tags a bit more strictly.

The situation has changed since then in that etags no longer has a
maintainer (IIUC).

AFAIK Eli is the maintainer now. And it's handy to have for now, at least until Universal Ctags is widely available across distributions, handles all languages as well as etags does, and outputs correct entries WRT implicit/explicit tag names (not 100% sure there is a problem, but it's something that we had to fix in etags recently, at least).

Having all these conditions satisfied seems to be a .

Having our own tags program means we can tweak it to work better for our
own code; but conversely it would be better if our code Just Worked with
standard (ie external) tools.

The latter might mean learning to use the ctags output (Vim format).

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