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Re: eval-after-load not harmful after all

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: eval-after-load not harmful after all
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 11:08:32 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

>> I note that all the advocates of e-a-l are package maintainers and UI
>> types; all the deprecators are core.  This is an inherent tension, and
>> I think it should be resolved in favor of protecting the core.

Actually, I think "tension" is the wrong word.  The core just want to
send a message, nothing more.  The main message is "eval-after-load and
advice should ideally not be necessary: we happily support them and
won't be offended at all if you use them, but if you do need them,
please understand that it is evidence of a shortcoming in some package
that should be reported so we can fix it".

> The discussion was about the Elisp manual, whose target audience is
> not just maintainers of the Emacs core.  The help and guidance there
> are used by a variety of programmer-users.

And that's why we want this message in the manual.


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