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Re: Adding use-package to core

From: Philip Kaludercic
Subject: Re: Adding use-package to core
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2022 11:02:28 +0000

Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org> writes:

>> From: Philip Kaludercic <philipk@posteo.net>
>> Cc: spwhitton@spwhitton.name,  luangruo@yahoo.com,  emacs-devel@gnu.org,
>>   xenodasein@tutanota.de
>> Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2022 10:09:37 +0000
>> Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org> writes:
>> >> 2. Are we talking about GNU ELPA or both NonGNU ELPA and GNU ELPA.
>> >
>> > GNU ELPA only.
>> OK, but then again, what to do about Magit being on NonGNU ELPA.
> AFAIU, an effort to collect all the assignments for Magit is under
> way, with the purpose of adding Magit to ELPA and/or Emacs.

That I did not know, but I can't find anything on the topic online either.

>> > We could do that, but until we have a reliable way of including ELPA
>> > packages in a release (which should include the solution for how to
>> > upgrade such packages after the released Emacs is installed on the
>> > user's machine), doing these secondary jobs is IMO just a waste of
>> > time and energy.  For example, if the solutions are far away in the
>> > future, the list of contenders you collect now will be outdated by
>> > then, and will need to be redone anew.
>> >
>> > The issues we are touching here were all discussed in the past, and
>> > the difficulties that need to be resolved were described and also
>> > discussed.  It's nothing new, and I don't think anything's changed
>> > since those discussions, we are still where we were back then wrt our
>> > ability to include ELPA packages.
>> What exactly is the complication here?  Wouldn't it be possible to have
>> a "contrib"/"elpa"/... directory under lisp with ELPA packages that are
>> prepared before packaging?  Or should these packages be moved into the
>> core?  Would using fancy tricks like git worktrees, as done by
>> elpa-admin be a possible approach to tackle the issue?
> The basic issue is: when I install a new Emacs version, and later want
> to upgrade to a newer version of a package maintained on ELPA, how
> does Emacs do that, and what are user-level implications, given the
> existing methods of installing Emacs, both by building it locally and
> installing a distro?

Ok, I get that.

> Again, the details of this were described and discussed, so I suggest
> to look up those past discussions and read there.

I'll try that too.  Do you have any specific discussions in mind.
Searching the archive can be a bit difficult when looking for general

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