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Re: [O] Bug: Please supply stable releases on ELPA or MELPA Stable [8.3.

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: Re: [O] Bug: Please supply stable releases on ELPA or MELPA Stable [8.3.4 (8.3.4-dist @ /usr/local/share/emacs/25.1.50/site-lisp/org-mode/)]
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:44:03 +0000

On 30 October 2016 at 23:57, Josiah Schwab <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi Reuben,

> It would be great if it were possible to install stable org-mode
> versions from GNU ELPA or MELPA Stable. At present, one has to choose
> between installing bleeding-edge versions simply, or stable versions
> built by hand.
> (I am a bit surprised I can’t find anything about this in the mailing
> list archives, so do forgive me if I’ve overlooked previous discussion.)

The version on GNU ELPA (http://elpa.gnu.org/packages/org.html), which
is labeled org-20161024, is org-git-version 8.3.6-7-g4d7d52-elpa.

I believe that indicates that it is the latest version from the stable
maint branch, not a version from the unstable master branch (which is at
8.3.6-1264-g21932c right now).

​That's great! However, is a cut of the release branch as good as an actual release?

Thought experiment: if it is good enough, surely the web site should 
point users to this installation method for the stable version? I can't imagine there are many users who would prefer to compile from source rather than just use package-install!
​ Also, the version should be the git tag (so that the version number is clearly visible), rather than the current "YYYYMMDD" format, which looks like a development snapshot.

​If the org-mode maintainers do not consider these release branch snapshots to be as good as actual releases, then I would repeat my request for stable releases to be available on GNU ELPA or MELPA Stable.


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