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Re: replacing python.el

From: Barry Warsaw
Subject: Re: replacing python.el
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2009 07:33:15 -0500

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On Feb 1, 2009, at 2:00 AM, Glenn Morris wrote:

Since Andreas Röhler is unwilling to sign legal papers for his
code in python.el, we cannot use it in Emacs.

Would anyone like to implement for python-mode.el whatever
nice features python.el may have?  Barry, could you make a TODO list?

You've got this backwards.

Emacs includes python.el, written by Dave Love, about which there is
no legal problem.

python-mode.el is the alternative, which has several contributors
including Andreas R. This has never been included in Emacs.

There is no legal problem affecting python.el distributed with GNU

As Andreas pointed out, we have not yet merged his changes into python- mode.el.

I had hoped that it would be possible to merge python-mode.el and python.el and reduce the confusion and inconvenience of Python X/Emacs users. Andreas's opinion is that that is technically impossible and I believe it is Dave's opinion that it will be practically impossible from a legal perspective. If that's the case, then so be it; we will continue to develop and maintain python-mode.el as an alternative and XEmacs will likely include our version in its distribution. Emacs users will have to find it if they are looking for an alternative, but once they do, it should work just fine for them.

python-mode.el is now GPLv3.

I don't know what more we can do and it seems like python-mode.el will never be included in Emacs. Oh well. Under those circumstances, I see no reason not to allow Andreas to merge his changes into python- mode.el even without his copyright assignments.

If I'm wrong in any of the above, please correct me.


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