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Re: w32 does not have emacsclient/server - getting paper size

From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: Re: w32 does not have emacsclient/server - getting paper size
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2005 23:39:44 +0200
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Jason Rumney wrote:

Lennart Borgman <address@hidden> writes:

An implementation for accessing Registry on w32 was offered some
years ago, but was not accepted.

I don't recall this. If it was anything like most such offers, someone
submitted some code, the Emacs developers suggested some improvements,
and we never heard from the author on that topic again.
I was not here then, it is history for me, so I am not sure about all details. I believe Steve Kemp implemented this. I think I have seen several versions though. I just checked the net and could not find the version I was thinking of.

This included capabilities to right to the Registry (if I remember correctly), but I consider those potentially harmful. Writing should be done under very good control (since it could make a disaster) and I do not consider even an editor as Emacs as giving that tight control.

But anyway, reading specific settings from the registry does not
require general registry editing functionality.
I see no reason why Emacs should be able to edit the w32 Registry, but reading it would be very convenient. It should not be seen as giving Emacs extra features on w32. Rather it is another way to accomplish the same thing that are already easily accomplished on unix like systems. (At least I believe that this is the state.)

Paper size is one I remember right now. Another is the location of Ghostscript. If Emacs could read the registry then such things would be easy to get by just writing some elisp code for it. Am I not right assuming that these things are already easy to get on unix like systems?

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