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Re: elpa.gnu.org repository sync with Emacs

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: elpa.gnu.org repository sync with Emacs
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 12:19:26 -0500

    I think we should stick to ELPA.  It stands for "Emacs Lisp Package
    Archive", which is much more logical and easier to remember than an
    unrelated self-referential acronym.

That is the worst possible name.
We already know that this leads to confusion.

      There need not be one single ELPA;
    if one needs to draw a distinction, we can refer to GNU ELPA versus Tom
    Tromey's ELPA, etc.

But not everyone will know this is necessary.

    Stefan's suggestion to use emacs.gnu.org/packages is fine by me too, but
    even in that case we'd still refer to the package archive as the GNU
    Emacs package archive, so there's hardly much difference.

emacs.gnu.org is fine as a host name, but if the URL doesn't provide
some suitable name to refer to this collection of packages, it won't
avoid the confusion.  emacs.gnu.org/packages doesn't solve the

So we want to replace either `emacs' or `packages' with a name people
could use conversationally for this particular collection of packages.

Another idea might be to replace the word "archive" with something
else -- "collection"?

Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
www.fsf.org, www.gnu.org

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