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bug#20867: 24.5; Change behavior of `batch-byte-compile' for directory a

From: Lars Ingebrigtsen
Subject: bug#20867: 24.5; Change behavior of `batch-byte-compile' for directory arguments
Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2019 23:17:35 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Philipp Stephani <address@hidden> writes:

> The behavior of `batch-byte-compile' differs between file name and
> directory arguments: For file name arguments, compilation happens if
> NOFORCE is not set, if the destination file doesn't exist, or if it is
> older than the source file.  For directories, however, compilations
> happens if the destination file already exists *and* it is older than
> the source file; NOFORCE is ignored.  This behavior is not documented,
> and I find it quite unintuitive.  Please change the behavior for
> directories to match the behavior for files.

Yes, that's pretty odd behaviour, but I don't think it makes sense to
change it now -- it's been like this for decades.

Instead I've now just explained what it does in the doc string in Emacs

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