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Re: emacs22 Debian package?

Tatsuya Kinoshita <tats@vega.ocn.ne.jp> writes:

> On March 2, 2007 at 9:14AM +0100,
> dak (at gnu.org) wrote:
>> >> > BTW, I feel Emacs 22.0.94 (pretest version of 22.1) reaches a
>> >> > quality for Debian release.  So, please consider that Debian
>> >> > emacs22 package will be uploaded soon even though it is not yet an
>> >> > upstream official release at the moment.
>> >>
>> >> That is an excessively bad idea.  Versions 22.0.x are _pretest_
>> >> versions of Emacs 22, _not_ an official release.  Releasing an emacs22
>> >> package would be _thoroughly_ confusing as long as Emacs 22 is not
>> >> released.
> The above my comment might confuse you,

Not more than this sentence.

> so I ask you in other words:
> Do you really think that uploading emacs22 Debian package at the
> moment, testing it in Debian experimental/unstable/testing, and then
> including it in Debian stable release Lenny on 2008 or later, is "an
> excessively bad idea"?


>> >> What is wrong with the current emacs-snapshot* packages?
>> >
>> > The emacs-snapshot package is not for Lenny (Etch+1, will be
>> > released 2008-2009?), but the emacs22 package is for Lenny.  The
>> > emacs22 flavor has not yet been tested in Debian.  We'll try to fix
>> > bugs that the packages fails with the emacs22 package for Lenny.
>> Emacs 22 will be released in 2007 certainly.  The level of
>> release-centred infighting on the Emacs developer list can't rise
>> much anymore, and the main holdback is that RMS is still getting
>> all possible copyright assignment questions cleared up.
> I think the holdback is not a critical problem for distribution,
> because gnu.org is still distributing Emacs 22.0.x.

Those are not releases of Emacs 22.  You are not talking about
ftp.gnu.org, the official server of the GNU project, but about
alpha.gnu.org.  Guess what the "alpha" in the name means.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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