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Re: [feature/internal-msys] thoughts of a more function windows package

From: Phillip Lord
Subject: Re: [feature/internal-msys] thoughts of a more function windows package
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:11:22 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.1.90 (gnu/linux)

Stephen Leake <stephen_leake@stephe-leake.org> writes:

> Phillip Lord <phillip.lord@russet.org.uk> writes:
>> Following on from this discussion, I have had a thought about a better
>> way of producing a more function windows download and have come up with
>> this idea, which is just to install msys inside the Emacs install
>> directory.
> Works for me, as long as it detects my current msys install and does not
> modify it without asking my permission.

I have tested this; you can have two msys installations on a machine and
they just ignore each other. In practice, someone who already has an
msys installation wouldn't want this, although there is no reason why
any technology that we put in place for managing an internal msys
shouldn't also work for a preinstalled one.

For example, there might be a command "install recommended packages"
which would just update your local msys an add those packages that work
with Emacs. Likewise, if there is an expectation that Emacs will be used
in this way, we might modify Emacs to work "properly"; for example, M-x
find tends to break on Windows because it finds the wrong "find"


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