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Re: Integrating package.el

From: Phil Hagelberg
Subject: Re: Integrating package.el
Date: Mon, 04 Jan 2010 21:02:24 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

Tom Tromey <address@hidden> writes:

>>>>>> "Ted" == Ted Zlatanov <address@hidden> writes:
> Ted> Can package.el support that?  It looks to me, from reading the current
> Ted> source, that it's limited to a single repository.
> Yes, it is currently limited to a single repository.
> This should not be too difficult to fix.

I'm not sure why I left it out of my list of goals in my last email;
this is definitely high on my priority list.

I've also got a quick prototype of a DVCS-centric archive management
tool (for gathering packages from library authors and publishing them)
that I will post soon once I've fleshed it out a bit more.

> Ted> I don't know about the other packages that come with Emacs, but Gnus
> Ted> could probably benefit from package.el-style installation (I don't speak
> Ted> for the Gnus project, though, so I can bring it up on the mailing list
> Ted> if necessary).  A better setup process for Gnus would be really nice,
> Ted> though.  The usual pre-install and post-install scripts you find in RPM
> Ted> or DEB would help.  I suspect many other packages would benefit from a
> Ted> better setup process through package.el.
> If you want to try packaging it, I can explain what you need to do.
> It is usually quite easy.

I think in general this might be best done on an opt-in basis where the
maintainer of a library indicates that they'd like to convert to a
package and perhaps someone more familiar with package.el can help them


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