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Re: [ANNOUNCE] Emacs 26.1 released

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCE] Emacs 26.1 released
Date: Thu, 31 May 2018 11:09:31 -0500 (CDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.20 (GSO 67 2015-01-07)

On Thu, 31 May 2018, Yuri Khan wrote:

On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 10:35 PM Bob Friesenhahn
<address@hidden> wrote:

Developers should be cognizant of the packages they are requiring to
be used.

It’s not so easy. A library can be packaged under one name in Debian
and a slightly different name in Red Hat, or distributed as one vs.
multiple packages, or carried by one distribution but not the other.
So, the error message that lists a missing library or header is pretty
much the best you can get without delving into those differences.

The task of maintaining a configure script is definitely not easy. The benefits of making the configure script as user-friendly as possible is that then more users are using the latest version rather than a stale version provided by their operating system distribution.

In this case the configure.ac developer explicitly entered a pkg-config package name (including its major version) and so it was a developer decision to produce a specific pkg-config package name but used an indistinct generic meaningless name ("WEBKIT") in configure output that the user sees, as well as the terminal error message.

The project is able to maintain 1.1 million lines of lisp code and 293k lines of ANSI C code which are presumably mostly correct, so it should be possible to suitably maintain the 5k lines of configure.ac code as so that ordinary end users are able to compile emacs as well.

Bob Friesenhahn
address@hidden, http://www.simplesystems.org/users/bfriesen/
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,    http://www.GraphicsMagick.org/

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