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RE: ELPA policy

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: ELPA policy
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:47:12 -0800 (PST)

> We would like developers of future useful packages to want to put
> their packages into the GNU ELPA.
> To recommend putting some packages -- whatever they might be -- into
> MELPA would work against these goals.  It would have been a bad
> approach.


I will continue to use MELPA for my libraries, and not GNU ELPA,
for one reason:

I post my code to Emacs Wiki (to locked pages).  MELPA pulls
the code from the wiki (daily).  I do not need to use GIT etc.

This is the way I prefer to work.  Call it old-fashioned or
bizarre; I don't care.

So you might recommend that packages not be put in MELPA, but
some will continue to be put there, including perhaps some that
you might someday want to include in Emacs.

>   > Which raises the question; what is the rationale for moving from
>   > MELPA to Gnu ELPA?
> If a package is useful to recommend, and we CAN get papers for it,
> we definitely want to move it to GNU ELPA.

This was refused by Stefan for my libraries (for which FSF has papers),
based on the fact that I do not use GIT, so any updates I make to them
would not be done directly in the repository.  It was not acceptable to
update elsewhere (e.g. the wiki) and then have someone or a program
pull from there to the repository when appropriate.  So be it.

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