I can implement both suggestions (only one would be needed); they will
be one- or two-line changes which hopefully qualify as "tiny" for
contribution policy purposes.
Years ago I had a few lines of code accepted into the build system:
Author: Richard Copley <address@hidden
Date: Fri Jun 7 11:08:29 2013 +0300
Fix bug #14513 with --enable-locallisppath not working on MS-Windows.
Back then you (Eli) told me my limit was "all but exhausted" IIRC, but
that code has been improved or superseded and only a vestige of it
remains in Emacs.
Sincerely, apologies for the hassle.