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RE: pdumping "into" the executable

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: pdumping "into" the executable
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:09:18 -0800 (PST)

> > I thought we had this argument back when we were talking about
> > modules. I think it's unacceptable to require a C compiler and the
> > presence of Emacs unlinked objects for the proper operation of an
> > end-user feature.
> Although using a dumped Emacs is an end-user feature, dumping and
> redumping are not. Dumping and/or redumping are techniques used to build
> Emacs, and in practice they should be part of a software build system;
> for such a thing it's reasonable to assume a C compiler.
> We already assume a C compiler (or equivalent) when building modules; we
> don't assume a C compiler only when people are using the modules.
> Dumping is similar.

This probably doesn't help, but I remember dumping Emacs with my
Lisp customizations back in the 80s, as an end user, to get quick
start-up.  I didn't build Emacs myself, and I had no C compiler
and didn't need one.  No, I don't recall more than that, except
that this was with GNU Emacs (probably version 18?) on Unix.
I don't recall how I (and others) did it.

So if possible, I think it would be good for end users (with no C
compiler) to be able to take advantage of this new, portable dumper.

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