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Re: [PROPOSAL] Builder, a build system integration for Emacs

From: Gregory Heytings
Subject: Re: [PROPOSAL] Builder, a build system integration for Emacs
Date: Thu, 25 May 2023 06:53:56 +0000

Cargo is a program that runs locally, not a server. It works like make, except that it may communicate with the crates.io repository, to fetch a copy of the source code (and the license) of the libraries you need to build a given Rust program, and that are not yet available locally.

... akin to npm (the Node package manager of the Javascript world), it downloads half of the Internet while building and makes your life miserable if you want to avoid that.

The new models just make it slightly more inconvenient to stay free.

You are spreading FUD. When you want to compile, say, Emacs, you need to either download the binaries of the libraries that are not yet available locally and their headers, or download the source of these libraries and build them. Doing that does not "donwload half of the Internet". After this you need to run the "configure" script which checks which libraries (and sometimes which versions of these libraries) are available.

Cargo does all that for you.

Can we call this pattern neo-proprietary?

No, we cannot. There is no relation whatsoever between software proprietariness and this elegant solution to the problem of library dependencies.

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