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Re: When should ralloc.c be used? (WAS: bug#24358)

From: Perry E. Metzger
Subject: Re: When should ralloc.c be used? (WAS: bug#24358)
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:03:45 -0400

On Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:13:05 +0300 Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:05:03 -0400
> > From: "Perry E. Metzger" <address@hidden>
> > Cc: address@hidden, address@hidden, address@hidden,
> >  address@hidden, Fabrice Popineau
> >  <address@hidden>
> >   
> > > It's a tradeoff, yes. My impression is that the rare user who
> > > redumps Emacs typically has a C compiler installed or can easily
> > > install one, so it shouldn't be much to ask.  
> > 
> > Agreed. On free operating systems it's easy (that's the whole
> > point of freedom!), and even on non-free operating systems free
> > compilers are available, so it isn't a big deal for most users I
> > think. (On macOS the official XCode compiler is also available
> > gratis.)  
> I can assure you that installing a fully functioning environment for
> compiling programs is not a trivial task on MS-Windows.  It isn't
> enough to have just a compiler: you need Binutils, support libraries
> and header files, and a well-configured MSYS installation to be able
> to run Emacs build script and Makefiles.
> Also, please don't forget that some people run Emacs on machines
> where they are not system administrators and are not allowed to
> install arbitrary packages.
> Not everyone is in the same position as you and Paul (or myself).

Sure, but most people never, ever undump an Emacs either unless
they're building from scratch or doing Emacs dev work...

Perry E. Metzger                address@hidden

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