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Problems installing (M)ELPA packages

From: Sebastien Vauban
Subject: Problems installing (M)ELPA packages
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:07:46 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (windows-nt)


While using `package.el' fulfills a long-awaited dream for easily adding
and upgrading Emacs libraries, I now feel upgrading packages is much
more complex than what I anticipated.

At least two of the packages I use daily (Org and Helm) require to be
installed from inside a fresh Emacs session (emacs -Q), where nothing
has been loaded.

For example, the FAQ entry from Helm on this:

  │ I have updated from melpa and I have errors
  │   - Uninstall helm from list-packages
  │   - Close emacs
  │   - Start emacs -Q
  │   - Reinstall helm from list-packages
  │   - Restart emacs

I guess a lot of people are not aware of this, and don't take enough
look at the Compile log to see that it can lead to (big?) problems.

Is that something that could/will be fixed in the future?

Is the Helm workaround (with Emacs-async, documented in the above link)
usable for avoiding this with all ELPA packages?

Best regards,

Sebastien Vauban

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