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Re: Preview: portable dumper

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Preview: portable dumper
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:06:47 -0800
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On 11/30/2016 08:38 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:

you didn't like this same idea very much

Yes and I still don't like it much, and if someone implements a better solution I will be happy to advocate replacing the currently-proposed approach with a better one. The Emacs dumping scheme has always been and will remain private and Emacs-version-specific, so we will have a lot of flexibility here.

In the meantime, if the currently-proposed approach works and is fast, I see no reason to reject the contribution, or to delay it indefinitely by putting it into some branch that nobody looks at. If the patch adequately fixes a real and growing problem and we have no other working fix, we should install it into the master branch.

from what I can see, the C pipeline is by no means empty.
Well, it somehow becomes all but empty on the other end.

Sure, maybe 40 years from now C programmers will be history! That is no reason for us to reject a patch that we need today.

If we want to switch the Emacs core from C to some other programming environment, fine. We can think about doing that and we will have plenty of time to think. In the meantime, the core can and should assume C. Every solution to this more-urgent problem will involve some C hacking, and that's OK.

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