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Re: Fetching or installing package dev source from VCS: manual style

From: Philip Kaludercic
Subject: Re: Fetching or installing package dev source from VCS: manual style
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2022 07:02:06 +0000

Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org> writes:

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>   >   If you have made a change you wish to share
>   > with the maintainers, first commit your changes then use the command
>   > @code{package-vc-prepare-patch} to share it.  @xref{Preparing Patches}.
> This presumes that a user who suggests a patch to a program will or
> should commit that change to some repo in order to email the a patch.
> This is an extra step and seems like a gratuitous requirement.
> When I write and suggest a patch in a program that I don't intend to
> maintain a version of, I don't even think of doing that.  I use M-x
> diff to make the patch to email, because that is the natural Emacs
> way.
> I think the command should be named `package-prepare-patch', and it
> should be able to handle either way of working, with version control
> or without.

IMO in that case Emacs already does everything you need and there is no
point in adding an additional command.  `package-prepare-patch' would be
part of package.el, and couldn't make use of the versioning history to
generate a diff.

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