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Re: GnuTLS for W32

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: GnuTLS for W32
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 20:14:40 +0200

> From: Óscar Fuentes <address@hidden>
> Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 18:48:17 +0100
> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
> >> 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.
> The user needs to know the correct directory (where "correct" implies
> "with write access to it and Emacs can find the dll there"). That's
> anything but trivial even for a computer-savvy user

The same user already unzipped the Emacs binary distro, so why exactly
would it be hard for her to unzip another zip file from the same

> (BTW, since when Emacs changed its policy and is targeted to geeks
> only again?)

Since about forever?

> > 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.
> Elisp packages downloaded by package.el are already saved on a
> well-known directory where Emacs has write access to. So the problem is
> solved.

Solved my foot! we need to know that directory's absolute file name in
advance, to hardcode it into the C sources of Emacs.  How's that
going to work, if package.el doesn't know where that directory will be
until it is run by Emacs?

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