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Re: Emacs Package Management

From: Stephen Eilert
Subject: Re: Emacs Package Management
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 19:36:29 -0300

On Wed, Aug 6, 2008 at 12:35 AM, Richard M. Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:
   In the context of package management, who's going to enforce those package
   restrictions? Should packages be approved manually before being added to
   whatever repository we devise?

We could treat them the same way as if they were included in the
usual Emacs distribution, in effect spitting that distribution into parts.

To sum it up: there *is* interest in a packaging feature, and the issues seem to be mostly in the area of copyright assignment. If that's correct, this is good.

ELPA is a nice starting point. But I think it is disproportionally easy to download packages, as opposed to submitting them. For single files, I would very much like to have a M-x submit-package, and have it do anything required to upload it, adding licenses and so on. I don't mind if packages have to be approved for inclusion in official repositories, but it should be easy to upload them. For FSF packages, it could sign them with the user's key.

Dependencies management is also nice, but we'd have to have a way to identify packages.

And, most importantly, failing packages should not interrupt emacs startup. I've implemented a simple system(for my own use) where it creates a buffer with package load status. Failing packages are skipped, but obviously there is no way to undo side-effects.


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A red eyed, mumbling mammal capable of conversing with inanimate monsters.

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