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Re: [Emacs-diffs] feature/integrated-elpa 4f6df43 15/23: README added

From: Phillip Lord
Subject: Re: [Emacs-diffs] feature/integrated-elpa 4f6df43 15/23: README added
Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:29:08 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1.50 (gnu/linux)

Alain Schneble <address@hidden> writes:
>> Not if we are using package.el to make the packages available. It is
>> package.el which sets the load path, loads the autoloads file, that sort
>> of thing.
> After all, what would we gain from using package.el to do this
> bootstrapping for the ELPA core packages?

Packages in already in package.el format can be directly used within
Emacs. This requires no changes in the file layout, and means that
packages will only be built with a single system (i.e. both Emacs core
and ELPA will be build with package.el).

As a secondary benefit, this means I can build and test an ELPA checkout
directly as part of the Emacs build, which should be useful for finding

> If I understand correctly, finder.el does populate package--builtins
> already today, based on the files and directories in ./lisp. Just
> automatically fetching all ELPA core packages from the corresponding
> git repository (or repositories?), extracting and moving files to the
> proper Emacs directories wouldn't require any (or much) additional
> logic on that level. Do I miss something here?

If it all works, no. But I see no benefit from doing this.

It also, of course, means that files from ELPA would now be duplicated
in core Emacs because they would have been copied. So, when developing
Emacs, there would be version controlled .el source files and
non-version controlled copied .el files in the same location. You would
have to remember to edit the former, but not the latter.

>> So would I, but that is not the directory layout for core. It is for 
>> package.el.
> I would still move tests into ./test/automated/, for example.  And now
> if I think of it, it would probably make sense to move resource files
> (static data such as icons, schemas etc.) into ./etc/ and not into
> ./lisp/?  Is that where such files of non-ELPA, built-in libraries are
> put in Emacs today?

Yes, resource files are in ./etc


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