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Re: Emacs Package Management

From: Phil Hagelberg
Subject: Re: Emacs Package Management
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 15:30:00 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

Chong Yidong <address@hidden> writes:

>> One way to do it would be to have every package register as a Savannah
>> project, and have some kind of operation (probably implemented as an
>> elisp function) that could produce the static files that package.el
>> consumes and place them in a publicly accessible http-served
>> directory. Making package releases correspond with VCS tags would
>> simplify things, so with some kind of post-commit hooks Savannah could
>> run this function whenever a tag is updated in the project.
>> This would require very few changes to package.el. Writing such a
>> function should not be difficult. The only question is how easy it would
>> be to get Savannah to run it at the right time.
> We're not necessarily restricted to Savannah; if necessary, we might be
> able to use the gnu.org ftp servers, and their mirrors (which we
> currently already use for distributing the monolithic tarball, after
> all).

I think Stefan had a great point that a lot of complexity involving
user, project, and release management can be sidestepped by using the
existing infrastructure of a version-control system. Savannah seems to
be a good fit for this, but if we can host an Emacs-package-specific VCS
somewhere else, that would work too.


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