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Re: Shrinking the C core

From: Gerd Möllmann
Subject: Re: Shrinking the C core
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2023 06:44:24 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13)

Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org> writes:

> IMNSHO, discussing a rewrite of Emacs in _any_ language is waste of
> time and energy.  We've seen this many times (because people still
> insist on bringing this up from time to time).  From where I stand,
> the main reason is not even the fact that we decided not to do that,
> but the fact that such a rewrite will never happen in practice.  Such
> a rewrite is a massive job which requires very good knowledge of Emacs
> internals and features, and a lot of time.  People who come close to
> the required knowledge level are not interested in doing this job
> (because they understand the futility), and those who think it should
> be done simply don't know enough and/or don't have enough time on
> their hands to pull it through.
> If Emacs will ever be "rewritten", it will not be Emacs, but a
> text-processing system with a very different architecture and design,
> which will take from the Emacs experience the lessons we learned and
> implement them differently, to produce a system whose starting point
> is closer to the needs of today's users and whose main technologies
> are more modern from the get-go.

I couldn't agree more.

To me, a rewrite is quatsch, while adding CL facilities to Emacs makes a
lot of sense.

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