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Re: /srv/bzr/emacs/trunk r103850: update_autogen

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: /srv/bzr/emacs/trunk r103850: update_autogen
Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2011 13:16:17 +0900

Paul Eggert writes:

 > But why not use the latest Autoconf version in the cron job?
 > I don't see the downside.

People will depend on the cron job, and neologisms will creep in.
That's not a downside for you, but it's a bad thing because it
punishes the occasional developer, especially in the case of autotools
which are famous for breaking backward compatibility and far too often
require fragile workarounds depending on what should be internal
implementation details.  When the bright shiny things crowd starts
complaining that it's way too hard to do what they want to do without
the neologisms, that's when to think about bumping requirements of
versions of tools you're not directly involved in developing, and
using the new base requirement for automated production.

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