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Re: Emacs Package Management

From: joakim
Subject: Re: Emacs Package Management
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:37:32 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

Tassilo Horn <address@hidden> writes:

> Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:
>>     RMS> Supporting the latest Gnus on old versions of Emacs already
>>     RMS> complicates things.  If Emacs does not come with a copy of
>>     RMS> Gnus, we will also be asked to support running an old Gnus in
>>     RMS> a new Emacs, which will square the difficulty.
>>     package.el only lets users install the latest version of a package
>>     that is available in the package archive.  Older versions are not
>>     displayed in the package menu.
>> I agree that will avoid that problem, if people install things like
>> Gnus only through package.el.
> But the newest package might not run on an older emacs version.  So it
> would be good if package.el would show the latest version of a package
> that is supposed to work with my emacs version, and if it requires other
> packages, then their versions have to be taken into account, too.  Does
> it do something like that?

The way most distros seems to solve this is to simply have different
repos for different distro versions. That should work for package.el
also. We could even adopt the stable/testing/bleeding scheme, so 3 repos
for every supported major emacs version.

> Bye,
> Tassilo
Joakim Verona

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