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bug#33653: 27.0.50; Change Gnus obarrays-as-hash-tables into real hash t

From: Eric Abrahamsen
Subject: bug#33653: 27.0.50; Change Gnus obarrays-as-hash-tables into real hash tables
Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2019 22:23:18 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

On 04/02/19 01:39 AM, Deus Max wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 31 2019, Eric Abrahamsen wrote:
>> On 03/30/19 14:09 PM, Deus Max wrote:
>>> Hi Eric,
>>> It seems you are implementing some pretty drastic upgrades to Gnus.
>>> Is there a write-up on the planned changes, benefits, what is going to be
>>> affected and what to expect ?
>>> I'm interested and would like to read it.
>> There is a writeup! Sort of -- I called it a roadmap. Originally I stuck
>> it in a branch called scratch/gnus-roadmap but soon realized it didn't
>> make any sense to keep track of something like this in a git branch.
>> I've attached the current version.
>> Obviously, this is _not_ meant as a list of "changes I will unilaterally
>> implement in Gnus", but as a document for record-keeping and discussion.
>> I didn't get much discussion, but I know that's to be expected!
>> Eric
> Hi Eric,
> A roadmap, yes! that's the word I was looking for.
> Thank you, very interesting.
> I always wondered why there are multiple select method variables (as
> ~gnus-secondary-select-methods~), instead of one ~gnus-select-methods~.

One thing that makes sense is distinguishing between servers you've
defined in your gnus.el file, versus servers you've added via the
*Server* buffer in Gnus. As things are set up currently, those do need
to be held in different variables. Perhaps that might change in the
future, but this much makes sense.

What makes less sense to me is the distinction between the primary
select method and the secondary select methods. So far as I can tell,
the only practical difference between the two is that groups on the
primary select method don't have the method name prefixed to the group
name. That's something that could be profitably simplified, I think
(there's a ton of code that just checks whether the current method is
primary or secondary).

> I see there are plenty of things to simplify, such as group
> reading/selection. Also i think, jumping to an article should be easier
> and more stable.

Noted! Please do let me know if you have any more ideas or responses to
that document.

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