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Re: Install C source code for for debugging help

From: Jean-Christophe Helary
Subject: Re: Install C source code for for debugging help
Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2019 11:06:30 +0900

On Sep 28, 2019, at 10:32, Richard Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:

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I expect that the overwhelming majority of the users don't want to see
the C source, but then, the vast majority of computer users use
proprietary software.

I think Emacs should (and does) really make a special effort to go out
of its way to encourage users to access the source code.

I think it is enough to help users look at the source code
once they decide to download it.

If you build and run Emacs uninstalled, this works automatically.  We
could fairly easily make it more convenient for those who run
installed Emacs and unpack the corresponding source in their home

To go further than that would do no harm, but it could be a lot of
work.  I suggest that people do the work if they want to.

As a non coder but curious user, I think the current setting is enough: checkout the code, build, check the source (either C or lisp), do your thing, build again, etc.

Most of the people who are interested in the entrails of free software, even if not for coding, are willing to take those extra steps, that are necessary anyway if they want to contribute at one point.

Jean-Christophe Helary
http://mac4translators.blogspot.com @brandelune

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