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Re: Emacs 26.1 on Windows is HUGE

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Emacs 26.1 on Windows is HUGE
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2019 05:48:20 +0300

> From: Björn Lindqvist <>
> Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:18:27 +0200
> Cc: Óscar Fuentes <>,
> As someone who don't use MSYS I don't understand the advantage of
> duplicating the files?

This has nothing to do with MSYS.  It's for when you install the next
version, emacs.exe gets overwritten, but emacs-26.1.exe stays, and you
can still invoke it.  IOW, it allows you to have several Emacs
versions installed simultaneously.

We didn't invent this for Windows, this is how Emacs installs itself
on all supported systems.  We just follow that on Windows, to be
consistent with all the other systems.

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