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Re: Shrinking the C core

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Shrinking the C core
Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2023 12:31:27 +0300

> From: Emanuel Berg <incal@dataswamp.org>
> Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2023 10:39:11 +0200
> Ihor Radchenko wrote:
> >> Oh, you poor sweeties!
> >
> > Please keep in mind
> > https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/kind-communication.html
> Please stop pushing for the disallowance of topics related to
> SBCL and Emacs. It is a non-starter.

As long as you don't mock your opponents or are otherwise rude, it is
allowed.  However, please be more considerate when someone asks you
not to push a topic, since just repeating the push doesn't add
anything useful to the discussion.

> Also, please stop pushing for the disencouragement of using
> the GNU Emacs Elisp features provided by cl-lib.
> Also a non-starter.

People are entitled to expressing their opinions here; that is not
"pushing".  What is and isn't acceptable to go into the Emacs sources
is not decided by expressing opinions about stylistic preferences, and
not necessarily by people whose opinions you don't like.

> Emacs is a single-thread Lisp machine written in C, so can't
> we have a multi-thread Lisp machine, using the same language?
> And not by rewriting the whole thing, rather extending it to
> allow for multithreading?
> Didn't anyone try to do that already BTW? It feels like
> a pretty basic idea and multicore CPUs have been around for
> a while.

This has been discussed several times, and the current conclusion (at
least mine) is that doing that for Emacs would be tantamount to
"rewriting the whole thing", yes.

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