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Re: `make' written in elisp

From: Ralf Angeli
Subject: Re: `make' written in elisp
Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2005 00:55:53 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110003 (No Gnus v0.3) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

* David Kastrup (2005-01-03) writes:

> Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:
>> I found that it was extremely clean and appealing code.  If a
>> package system for Emacs can mean something like this, I am in favor
>> of it.
> But I do think that we should try to offer some way of installing
> external Lisp code if one has acquired it as a zip or tar archive in
> some manner already.

Have you ever looked at source-based package management systems like
FreeBSD's ports system or NetBSD's pkgsrc?  I think something like
this would be suited very well for installing Emacs packages.  They
basically download the source code from the original site, patch it if
necessary and call commands for building it, e.g. `configure', `make'
and `make install'.  Thus, an installation like the one of AUCTeX
would not be a problem.  In fact, FreeBSD's port for AUCTeX is
ridiculously simple.


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