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Re: FFI again

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: FFI again
Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2013 14:17:30 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

>> > I really don't like this idea.  You either force users to have the Emacs
>> > headers, Emacs import library, and a C compiler available to install a
>> > package or you provide pre-compiled binaries for popular platforms and
>> > create an ABI versioning nightmare.
>> The plan would be to require headers and a C compiler.
>> Precompiled libraries could be considered for the Windows platform, but
>> only if we can keep the versioning nightmare in check.
> I don't think the nightmare is as bad as it sounds.  Windows users
> already keep such nightmares in check, including with Emacs.

There's some hope, indeed, but notice that the problem is a bit more
serious than what we currently have for libgnutls and friends, because
that precompiled code needs to link both with lib<foo> and with Emacs,
and there's a potential version mismatch on both sides.

        Stefan "still hopeful"

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