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Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2021 08:42:29 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>   > We don't consider the bitmap files in the Emacs distribution to be 
> software.
> Indeed, pictures are not software.

I don't think that holds either: the formats for images are
domain-specific languages (DSL) in which to express how to build the
final image.  Most of those DSLs are too limited to be thought of as
programming languages (i.e. they're not Turing complete, tho there are
exceptions like PostScript), but if you think of the definition of
Kolmogorov complexity, it's clear that a PNG file is a "program" written
in a DSL.

So, what this points to is that it's futile to try and decide whether
something like that is software or not.


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