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Re: Emacs on VMS time again

From: Thien-Thi Nguyen
Subject: Re: Emacs on VMS time again
Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005 13:50:57 -0500

   From:        Roar =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Thron=E6s?= <address@hidden>
   Date:        Tue, 8 Mar 2005 13:06:21 +0100

   I suppose porting (patching) to 21.3 will be easy?

yes, the difference between 21.2 and 21.3 is minor.

   Have you made any thoughts about 22?

not really.

   Have you thought anything about minimizing the VMS-specific parts?
   There is a Compaq C extension to getcwd that makes it return
   Unix-style path, and chdir can handle both styles.

that is always on my mind, but i'm taking the two-step approach of
first getting it to work given the time-tested facilities, and then
second getting it to work w/ the newer unixoid compatability bits.

   Or would use of Unix-style paths not be well received, or should such
   extensions not be used at all?

generally, if the extension is only available by using a proprietary C
compiler, it will not be considered.  if the extension is in the CRTL, i
will consider it on a case-by-case basis.  for filenames, vms-style
support is now pretty good so this extension may not be ever useful, but
i'm willing to look into it further (after 21.2 under vms escapes).


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