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Re: Suppressing native compilation (short and long term)

From: Rob Browning
Subject: Re: Suppressing native compilation (short and long term)
Date: Sun, 02 Oct 2022 13:21:54 -0500

Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org> writes:

> But Emacs should not "crash" if the *.el files aren't available, it
> should simply refuse to load any *.eln files and load the *.elc files
> instead.  That produces many warnings, of course, but I hope your
> users don't consider that "crashing".

I believe it was *crashing*.  I can't recall if that one was a segfault,
or something a bit less drastic, but I'll try to remember to track it
down later.

> It isn't a bug, but intended behavior.  If we want to remove this
> dependency, some non-trivial ideas about reworking the current load
> procedure should emerge.  I don't thin we have any such ideas at this
> time.

OK, so we should consider that a hard dependency now, i.e. the emacs-el
package can't be optional anymore, at least not on architectures where
we can enable native compilation, and so probably just "everywhere" for
simplicity, if nothing else.

Rob Browning
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