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Re: [screen-devel] Scripting Support for Screen

From: Johannes Weiner
Subject: Re: [screen-devel] Scripting Support for Screen
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 23:42:23 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

Hi Tom,

"Tom Scogland" <address@hidden> writes:

> All of this is pretty correct, except that the gnu emacs we know was lisp
> with a C core for a long time because redraw was impossible to write
> efficiently enough in lisp for some reason.  As such, when the program
> entered that state, everything changed, and that's something that should
> probably be avoided.  Either have it be all scripted, or have it be a C
> core which can be extended and modified from outside, but avoiding a
> situation where most of the program is one way and certain parts are
> another, that will just generate frustration and maintenance problems.
> A final word here, bloat=bad.
> I would really like to see scripting, but if it means an emacs-like
> distribution of 100+ MB of scripting files and the generation of a program
> which does everything well except what it was designed for, then the point
> has been missed.

This is just because the Emacs developers chose to include 2+
mailclients and 2+ irc clients into the standard distribution.

That is no must, I think.  I hope that having screen scriptable will
lead to a lot of cool scripts being published and shared, but the screen
distribution can still be kept at a minimum.


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