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Re: Updating the "ELPA Protocol"

From: Stefan Kangas
Subject: Re: Updating the "ELPA Protocol"
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2022 23:54:45 -0800

Philip Kaludercic <philipk@posteo.net> writes:

> Stefan Kangas <stefankangas@gmail.com> writes:
>> How about using something like Debian's transitional packages, where you
>> replace the old package with an empty package that just depends on the
>> new package?  Would that work?
> It might, but then the user is required to remove the old package and
> select the new one, right?

AFAIU, the new renamed package will be automatically installed as a
dependency of the new version so in that sense I don't think the user
would need to do anything.  The user will potentially have to update
their customization, in case the package prefix changes and symbols are

The user will also have to manually delete the old package and manually
select the new one at some point.  This should merely be a cleanup
though, and in theory the user can continue as before as long as the
transitional package remains in the archive.

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