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bug#37527: [PATCH] Install C source code for for debugging help

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#37527: [PATCH] Install C source code for for debugging help
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2020 01:13:53 -0800
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On 1/20/20 11:12 AM, Stefan Kangas wrote:
What is the status of this, given that the emacs-27 is now cut?

Thanks for reminding me of this problem. The stuff in INSTALL is not quite right - at least, it didn't work for me in Ubuntu 18.04.3 (which is Debian based) due to some problem in my sources.list (which I hadn't messed with, so I guess Ubuntu must differ from Debian here). In contrast, INSTALL is overly complicated for Fedora 31 since it gives a bunch of confusing instructions for sources and debuginfo whereas all I needed to do was 'dnf debuginfo-install emacs' to get all that stuff done.

More generally, even if we fix these INSTALL problems, INSTALL won't work for other GNU/Linux distributions, or for non-GNU distributions for that matter. Nor will it work when people install Emacs themselves. And the INSTALL instructions will continue to be complicated and awkward, and will likely need to be maintained as Debian and Red Hat evolve.

So we still need something better. I rebased and tweaked the proposed patch (including a revamp of the INSTALL section to try to address some of the abovementioned problems) and am attaching the updated version.

Attachment: 0001-Install-C-source-code-for-C-h-f-etc.txt
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