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Re: [AUCTeX-devel] RefTeX version string

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX-devel] RefTeX version string
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 22:59:14 +0100
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Ralf Angeli <address@hidden> writes:

> it would be nice if the version string of RefTeX were generated
> automatically from ChangeLog like in AUCTeX.  We could put the
> respective defvar into reftex.el and let the value be updated by a sed
> call in Makefile.

Updates are poison for dependencies.  Partly-generated, partly-edited
files can't really be sensibly be dealt with.  Wait: isn't reftex.el
supposed to be autogenerated, anyway?

> (I should probably make a to be under version control
> instead of the generated reftex.el.)  The downside of this approach
> is that the variable won't be defined if the package is installed
> with install.el or if the version built-in in Emacs is concerned
> because then reftex.el likely won't be loaded since autoloads are
> put elsewhere.  So my idea was to have the defvar of
> `reftex-version' also in reftex-base.el with a fixed value which
> will be used if reftex.el was not loaded.  Is this a stupid idea?

The way you put it, .  It definitely smells like trouble
to me.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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