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Re: Files from gnulib

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Files from gnulib
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 21:02:10 +0200

> Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:07:45 -0800
> From: Paul Eggert <address@hidden>
> CC: address@hidden, address@hidden, address@hidden
> We already provide instructions for people who want to build Emacs
> on MS-DOS platforms.  Our instructions can be expanded slightly
> to tell them how to extract the files in the first place, and how
> to deal with such prompts.  They can be asked to just type RETURN,
> for example.

To read the instructions, you need to unpack the archive first.

>    djtar -n emacs-25.chg emacs-25.tgz
> ...
> It is a bit more complex and error-prone for MS-DOS, yes.  But
> it has the advantage of compartmentalizing the MS-DOS restrictions
> into the MS-DOS build instructions

Sorry, but these complications are unacceptable for me.  We use
something like that in GDB, and the result is extremely fragile and
error-prone, I find problems with missing renames every time I build
GDB.  I'm not going to make the same kind or mistake again in Emacs.

Stefan and Chong, please make a decision regarding this issue.  If the
decision is not to rename these few files in the Emacs distribution,
and instead ask me to cope with these complications, I will understand
that the knee-jerk reaction of too many members of this community when
they hear "MS-DOS" is more important that any voice of reason, and I
will therefore resign from everything I do for Emacs development.

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