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Re: Bug#193439: emacsen-common: debian-emacs-policy and package setup in conffile

Peter S Galbraith <p.galbraith@globetrotter.net> writes:

> What we need is an alternate directory that is _not_ under /etc
> where we could also put Emacs startup files.

This already exists.  What we need is _not_ to mess with what Emacs
does by default, as I've said before in other contexts without luck.

> That would be the subject of a bew bug report.  :-)

I was about to make one, and just came checking in the bug archives...
Check back later for a solution if you're interested, when I've had
time to submit it.

Hear, hear on the substance of the report.  I filed bugs a while back
about packages that rendered various things inoperable in Emacs when
they were removed and was referred to the policy document, which
puzzles me considerably.  I was told to to use `dpkg --purge' rather
than `apt-get remove', which seems quite unhelpful.  (I'd already done
that, but only after doing non-trivial debugging to figure out the
highly obscure error from Emacs stuff that I've actually maintained.)

The basic problem seems to be that Debian fights the mechanisms in
Emacs that should allow exactly what Debian is trying to do, as far as
I can tell.

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