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Re: [AUCTeX] Install report: Emacs and Windows 98

From: Ralf Angeli
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX] Install report: Emacs and Windows 98
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 14:52:55 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110004 (No Gnus v0.4) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

* David Kastrup (2005-07-23) writes:

> Well, if it is, it is an old joke.  It's been told at least since
> MSDOS 3.3 (?), probably quite earlier.

What's the reason for something like this?  Didn't they have the
possibility to dynamically allocate more space for a string (or char
array respectively) back then?

> So the question is how we pass on the joke...

* Document the problem and the given solution.
* Don't use PATH for finding executables.  Okay this is pretty much
  out of question since both the shell used for installation as well
  as Emacs rely on it.

BTW, some file variables (like `TeX-lisp-directory') in tex-site.el
are already computed dynamically.  If all were computed like this, we
could probably provide a pre-built version of AUCTeX for Windows users
which would only have to be extracted into an existing Emacs tree.  No
downloading of MSYS, no configuring, no building.  That'd be quite
convenient.  Or did I miss something?


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