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Re: Yum-like emacs package manager?

From: Alexis
Subject: Re: Yum-like emacs package manager?
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:22:12 +1100

On 2015-02-18T04:33:50+1100, Anssi Saari said:

AS> I haven't had problems with that but then I have very little AS> experience with package.el. Last week I installed org-ehtml from AS> melpa but the installation failed because org-mode was too old
AS> (this was on an otherwise pristine 24.4 installation.) Easily
AS> fixed by updating org first but it seems there's no dependency
AS> handling which seems really rather odd.

There is at least some dependency handling[1], but Org as a dependency is a bit trickier than others, as it's a package which is under heavy development outside of Emacs core - and many Org users follow the bleeding edge - but the version of it bundled with Emacs is merely a 'snapshot' of Org development at a particular point in the Emacs release cycle.

There have been a few discussions recently on the emacs-devel list:

about improving the Emacs package system, e.g.:


[1] E.g. consider the `ac-clang` package on MELPA. In `package-list-packages` view, pressing RET on the package name will show:

Requires: emacs-24, cl-lib-0.5, auto-complete-1.4.0, yasnippet-0.8.0

and trying to install it will (in my experience) pull in e.g. yasnippet if the latter isn't already installed.

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