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Re: Emacs contributions, C and Lisp

From: Phillip Lord
Subject: Re: Emacs contributions, C and Lisp
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:43:54 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
>> > What red tape?  Emacs is about the most red-tape-less project as you
>> > can find, as far as the procedure of admitting a patch is considered.
>> This is an interesting difference of opinion and is probably worth
>> exploring; it's worth knowing what the difficulties where.
> That's why I asked what kind of red tape was being alluded to here.

My apologies I had taken it as a rhetorical question.

>> It might also be writing this up -- is there a description anywhere of
>> "how to submit a change to Emacs", and should it not be in the elisp
>> manual?
> There's nothing to describe, IMO.  If you don't have write access,
> just post the changes and ask for review or approval; if you do have
> write access, you just commit.

Well, you just did just describe it, and it's a very nice, short and
succient description.

>> Incidentally, I say "change" and not "patch". Submitting a change these
>> days generally means "clone, branch, pull request".
> Sorry, I don't understand the subtlety.

Sending patches is quite slow and generally painful. This can be quite
an impediment to "drive-by" fixes. Consider (my sole) contribution to

commit a85cb7b546a7a3928a578ed05170581c0365c438
Author: Phillip Lord <address@hidden>
Date:   Mon Sep 30 17:00:13 2013 +0100

    Fix to the English of a section title.

        Modified   Doc/Tutorial.tex
diff --git a/Doc/Tutorial.tex b/Doc/Tutorial.tex
index dc1d0a3..f46007d 100644
--- a/Doc/Tutorial.tex
+++ b/Doc/Tutorial.tex
@@ -1380,7 +1380,7 @@ used in sequencing work hold quality scores but they 
\emph{never} contain a
 sequence -- instead there is a partner FASTA file which \emph{does} have the
-\section{Working with directly strings}
+\section{Working with strings directly}
 To close this chapter, for those you who \emph{really} don't want to use the 
 objects (or who prefer a functional programming style to an object orientated 

Only doable when the effort is very small.


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