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Re: lexical mumblings

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: lexical mumblings
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 13:33:56 -0600 (MDT)

    I think the problem is that there are actually _two_ issues, which have
    become conflated:

      [1] Adding support to the byte-code interpreter, so that it's possible
          to do efficient lexical binding.  This support only _adds_
          functionality, and _changes no existing behavior_ -- elisp
          programs will continue to run exactly the same as they ever have,
          because nothing has changed.  Elisp programs are is still
          dynamically bound.

You are right, I thought you were talking about 1 and 2 together.

I see no reason to object to #1.  But what good would it do if Lisp
programs don't use it?  When would they use it?

    > It will be a struggle for me to find the time to maintain Emacs.  So I
    > will have to reject changes that might eat up more of my time.

    You are not maintaining emacs alone; there are others helping you
    (including me).

Nobody else wanted to take overall responsibility,
which means it falls on me.

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