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Re: XEmacs, TeX, and Re: Lengthy Debian install procedures

Steve Dunham <dunham@cse.msu.edu> writes:

> It would be nice if we could come up with a different solution.  I
> guess I could always ignore all of the emacs packages and build my
> own.  Before I ran out of time, I would compile XEmacs myself.

If you have a better solution that still keeps all the advantages we
have now, I'm all ears...

A solution must:

  1) Support running install-scripts for each of the installed flavors
     of emacs (among other reasons, this is because different emacs
     are not always byte-compiled file compatible, and we can't have a
     separate binary pacakge for each add-on package for each emacs
     flavor -- the storage space would be tremendous, and it would
     require all emacs add-on package maintainers to have *all*
     flavors of emacs installed on their machine to do the builds).

  2) support for install time (during dpkg-runs) dependencies between
     emacs add-on packages (i.e. cvs-pcl depends on elib) so that you
     can dynamically order the install/remove add-on package script
     runs based on what is (or is currently being) installed.

  3) support for handling installs/removes of a main emacs package
     (including cleaning up all the stuff that was added for that
     particular flavor by all the add-on packages).

  4) Something else I've probably forgotten.

Rob Browning <rlb@cs.utexas.edu> PGP=E80E0D04F521A094 532B97F5D64E3930

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