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Re: ELPA security

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: ELPA security
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2012 11:20:56 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

> I also think `M-x list-packages' should define a `v' shortcut to file-find
> the .el file or tarball that constitutes the package without installing
> it.  That will contribute to security and it's really convenient, too.

Actually, "installation" has several steps:
- download.
- install per se (i.e. copies the files at an appropriate place).
- compile.
- setup (i.e. arrange things such that the package is in the load-path
  and its autoloads are active next time to start Emacs).

The first two steps can be made to be safe.


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