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Re: C file recoginzed as image file

From: Lennart Borgman (gmail)
Subject: Re: C file recoginzed as image file
Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2007 10:48:59 +0100
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Richard Stallman wrote:
Shouldn't we use libraries that are already there on the platform (if that is possible) to make this easier?

I do not understand what this suggestion means.  I would
like to understand.

Could you please explain more clearly what you are advocating, and
also, what the alternative is which you are arguing against?

Then I am beginning to think that this might be a problem only on w32. On w32 we are not using image libraries that are available from MS Windows. Instead we are using libraries from http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/.

Installation of these libraries can be done by the user or they may come with a package together with Emacs. For example I currently distribute these with my prebuilt binaries.

Whichever way it is done it puts a new burdon on the user who have to look for security updates to these image libraries and somehow update them in case of a security problem with them. And in addition to this there might be a long delay before the libraries are updated in gnuwin32.

As I said above I guess (but do not know) that Emacs on GNU/Linux uses the image libraries that comes with the OS. That avoids the problems I have sketched above. I think we should strive to do the same on other OS:es (for example w32) too.

How to technically achieve this is another question.

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