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Re: Suppressing native compilation (short and long term)

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Suppressing native compilation (short and long term)
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2022 18:47:29 +0300

> From: David Bremner <david@tethera.net>
> Cc: emacs-devel@gnu.org, akrl@sdf.org, rlb@defaultvalue.org
> Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2022 11:33:29 -0300
> Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org> writes:
> >
> > This is what I'm asking about: what exactly triggers the compilation?
> > Just installing a package shouldn't do that, only loading it into
> > Emacs should.
> When I talk about "package installation" I mean installing a Debian
> binary package. This is a more general notion than a package as defined
> by package.el
> We have one copy of the .elc files for all users. Because of this, and
> the cleanup issue I mentioned above, the elc files need to generated
> either at (Debian) package build time, or at (Debian) package
> installation time.

So I understand that this issue is caused by the Debian installation
process?  If so, the installation process should make sure the *.eln
files are written only where you want them to be written.

> > The other part of what I asked is that if for some reason installation
> > does need to compile files (something that I still need to understand
> > why it happens), there's nothing that hard-codes HOME in the directory
> > list used for that.  You can set native-comp-eln-load-path to anything
> > you want, and only the directories in that list will be used.
> Does that restrict where eln files are written? Or just where emacs
> tries to read?


> > Emacs doesn't require a writable HOME, it requires a writable
> > directory to store *.eln files.  It doesn't have to be HOME.
> Fair enough. I tried setting native-compile-target-directory, but that
> seemed to be ignored by the trampoline stuff. Maybe both variables need
> to be set.

That's the wrong variable.  Please use native-comp-eln-load-path.

> > And once again, I still don't understand why *.eln files are produced
> > at installation time in the first place.
> The short version is that we need to run emacs at Debian package build
> and install time. Byte-compilation is one reason. Running tests at build
> time is another.

OK, in that case you get to arrange for the environment which will not
produce files where you don't want them.

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