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Re: RFC: Adding BBDB to Emacs core

From: Glenn Morris
Subject: Re: RFC: Adding BBDB to Emacs core
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2018 09:34:12 -0400
User-agent: Gnus (www.gnus.org), GNU Emacs (www.gnu.org/software/emacs/)

Thomas Fitzsimmons wrote:

> I'd like to see what people think about also adding it to Emacs core.

Personally I think this is the opposite direction to the one in which
Emacs components should be moving.

> is that historically BBDB's copyright status didn't allow it to be
> included in core. Otherwise it probably would have been included all
> along.

Bear in mind that ELPAs did not exist when bbdb was first created.

> I'd like BBDB to become the default out-of-the-box local contact
> management library for GNU Emacs, in particular so that Gnus/EUDC/BBDB
> work together to provide email completion and snarfing out-of-the-box,
> without extra configuration or package installation.

If GNU ELPA is a first-class citizen, then all the above can happen
without adding yet more stuff to the main Emacs repo. (Wistfully
thinking here yet again of the project to bundle GNU ELPA packages with
Emacs releases...)

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