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Re: [PATCH] support a few of the new features of C++11 in syntax highlig

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: [PATCH] support a few of the new features of C++11 in syntax highlighting
Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 08:31:10 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

Hello, Eli.

On Fri, May 16, 2014 at 08:59:20PM +0300, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 16:07:43 +0000
> > From: Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden>
> > Cc: Óscar Fuentes <address@hidden>, address@hidden

> > > I'm curious: how did we get to this point?

> > We've never been anywhere else.  CC Mode developement has always taken
> > place mainly in its own project at SourceForge.

> Then I guess the question is "why keep doing that?"  IOW, why not
> develop it as part of Emacs?

CC Mode also feeds into XEmacs.  This would be more difficult to do if CC
Mode were an integrated part of Emacs rather than being independent of

There are distinct advantages with working with a small code base on a
stable base (a released version of Emacs) as compared with being in the
thick of a "major war" (an upcoming version of Emacs, which doesn't even
build all the time).

Presumably other upstream projects like Gnus, Cedet, are distinct from
Emacs for similar reasons.

> > > Shouldn't such development take place on trunk, or a branch that's
> > > regularly sync'd with Emacs's trunk?

> > Absolutely not.  That would risk having incoherent code automatically
> > transferred to Emacs.

> You can always use a public branch as part of the Emacs repository,
> "cc-mode-unstable", say, and merge from it to trunk when you see fit.
> Then this issue won't exist.

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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