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Re: Gnu Emacs way slower than XEmacs

From: Simon Josefsson
Subject: Re: Gnu Emacs way slower than XEmacs
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 15:17:25 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.090019 (Oort Gnus v0.19) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

"Stephen J. Turnbull" <address@hidden> writes:

>>>>>> "David" == David Abrahams <address@hidden> writes:
>     David> P.S. If it's any consolation, GNU Emacs is *WAY* faster
>     David> than XEmacs at sending mail to the SMTP server ;-)
> Right.  That's because traditionally we assumed that sendmail always
> worked and used an asynchronous process.  Then we started having
> people use less reliable software (eg, beta versions of TMDA) and
> losing mail.  So now we wait on the return code.  Perhaps this could
> be tweaked a bit, or made user-configurable, but we were in a hurry to
> get it right at the time; losing mail is a no-no.

It's not clear if "sending mail" means sendmail or smtpmail -- David?
I think the return code problem was reported simultaneous to (X)Emacs.
Emacs has checked the exit code since 1998, for XEmacs definitely
since 2001 when sendmail.el was synced, but maybe also between 1998
and 1999 if the ChangeLog is to be trusted (cvs seems down so I can't
look at the code).

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