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Re: Some question about external method of elpa

From: Feng Shu
Subject: Re: Some question about external method of elpa
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:54:23 +0800
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Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>>>> When I read the below part of README, I think that manual run "make
>>>> externals" is needed :-(, so I think externals is same complicated
>>>> as subtree.
>>> `make externals` is needed if you want to have a local checkout of all
>>> the packages is elpa.git.  But if you don't care about the other
>>> packages you don't need it.
>> What about add this info to README?
> If you explain/show me which part of README made you think `make
> externals` was needed, I can try and correct it, yes.

I suggest to move the below part to: To install all the packages "in

just a suggestion :-)

You can check out all the external packages into the `packages' directory
with the command:

   make externals

You can check out a specific external PACKAGE into the `packages'
directory with these commands:

   cd packages
   git worktree add PACKAGE externals/PACKAGE

If you already have a packages/PACKAGE directory with a previous
checkout, you can update it like this:

   cd packages/PACKAGE
   git pull

>> external package do not need to edit externals-list in master branch,
>> instead add a external-list file to `external/<pkgname>`, we use script
>> to auto generate externals-list from all package's external-list files
> Usually, I'm the one who adds the entry to `externals-list`, so I'm not
> sure how important this is.  We could change `make externals` to just
> checkout all the `external/*` branches, but I like the fact that
> currently I can calmly push the new branch, then make sure "make
> externals" gives me something I like, and only have it "released"
> when I push the new `externals-list`.
>         Stefan


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