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Re: Merging Finder into package mechanism

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Merging Finder into package mechanism
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2010 20:58:51 +0200

> From: "Drew Adams" <address@hidden>
> Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2010 10:51:19 -0700
> Cc: address@hidden
> > > Please keep NEWS updated correctly wrt this breakage.  NEWS is for
> > > users.  If you can update change logs for developers then 
> > > you can also update NEWS for users.  You don't use "placeholders"
> > > in change logs, do you?
> > 
> > I'm not sure you understand how NEWS is supposed to work, or the fact
> > that Emacs 24 is not yet released...
> I'm not sure you understand it.

He does, believe me.

> Nothing, including doc strings, the manuals, and even code behavior, _really_
> matters for users until Emacs is released.  Of course.  But that is no reason 
> to
> wait until just before a release to add the doc strings, update the manual, or
> correct the code.

The reason is insufficient manpower.  Feel free to join the effort of
doing everything in real time, including updating the manuals, if you
can.  If you can't, you will have to live with the fact that docs are
not always in sync with the code, until Emacs is released.

> (I, for one, miss Richard's attention to the doc and NEWS.)

We never strayed from what was in place when Richard was the head
maintainer.  You'd see incomplete documentation then as well, because
few people would write docs together with code.

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