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Re: Wherein I argue for the inclusion of libnettle in Emacs 24.5

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Wherein I argue for the inclusion of libnettle in Emacs 24.5
Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:46:35 -0800
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On 02/04/2014 12:11 PM, Ted Zlatanov wrote:
Well, here's the rejection letter:

As I said then, feel free to add your vote of support.

I don't see his email as rejecting entirely the idea of having Emacs C code invoke GnuTLS functionsthat it doesn't already invoke. It's more that it's a negative (a tighter coupling between Emacs and GnuTLS), that could be overcome by other positives (more functionality that's actually useful).

Do you have some clear and convincing use-cases? That seemed to be his first objection.

For example, would it help the performance of secure-hash considerably if it used the GnuTLS API to do checksums? If we did that in Gnulib, the maintenance overhead to Emacs proper would be essentially zero, and the integration hassles for Emacs users would be no greater than they are now (since Emacs already uses GnuTLS if available). For which real-life use-cases would this help?

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