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Re: Periodical releases

From: Eric Schulte
Subject: Re: Periodical releases
Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 13:29:20 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.92 (gnu/linux)

>> I would have less of a need to build emacs manually if
>> there were more release and therefore standard emacs
>> Linux distros was more up to date.
> The problem you raise here is apparently one of the difficulty/nuisance of
> building Emacs.  It is not about how often to publish releases.
> Publishing non-release MS Windows binaries periodically has been _very_ 
> helpful
> (thank you again to those who have created and posted the builds).  At least 
> on
> that platform, that is a solution to the problem you raise.

It seems that the fix here is not to change the Emacs development and
release process, but rather to encourage package maintainers to provide
packages tracking the Emacs trunk.  The debian emacs-snapshot package
described as "The GNU Emacs editor (development snapshot)" returns the
following which is certainly many months (maybe years?) out of date.

$ emacs --version
GNU Emacs 23.2.1


Eric Schulte

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