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Re: GnuTLS for W32

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: GnuTLS for W32
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 19:21:14 +0200

> From: Óscar Fuentes <address@hidden>
> Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 15:07:02 +0100
> >> The relevant MS Windows API function (LoadLibrary) accepts a full
> >> pathname
> >
> > That's a factual truth, but it would be a grave mistake on our part to
> > use absolute file names for loading dynamic libraries, because it will
> > mean a major inconvenience to users.  It is hard on Windows to pick up
> > a fixed directory where every user could easily put the library: the
> > only directories that are guaranteed to exist on every Windows system
> > are frequently locked up by security policies, the only disk drive
> > guaranteed to exist can be a remote drive or even a read-only drive,
> > etc.  It would be a step in the wrong direction.
> You are providing reasons for the package approach: if it is hard for
> the user to put the dll in the correct directory, let Emacs do it.

No, it is _not_ hard for the user to put the DLL in the correct
directory.  It is hard for _us_, the programmers of package.el, to
select a fixed directory that would work for all users, so that we
could hardcode its absolute file name in the Emacs sources.  An
entirely different issue.

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