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Re: emacs-snapshot or emacs$NUM-snapshot?

On 2008-08-14 11:14 +0200, Hilko Bengen wrote:

> Even if the feature set for Emacs 23 hasn't been set in stone (and I'd
> expect it to stay that way for a while), I think that a set of
> -snapshot packages that track development towards Emacs 23 would be
> useful for developers and Debian maintainers who work on Elisp
> packages. Not to mention users of Debian's unstable distribution (who
> will get to keep both pieces if anything breaks). The -snapshot
> packages probably shouldn't become a part of stable releases.

Since you're talking in subjunctive here: are you aware of the snapshots
available from http://emacs.orebokech.com/?

> I see two reasons for calling the packages emacs23-snapshot* as
> opposed to emacs-snapshot:
> a) There'd be a sane upgrade path once Emacs 23 is released.

What upgrade path?  Do you suggest that emacs23-snapshot should provide
the emacs23 flavor?  Otherwise this does not make sense to me.

> b) Elisp packages can specify for which package they should be
>    byte-compiled. A package that has worked fine with a pre-Emacs22
>    snapshot package might fail once a post-Emacs22 snapshot package if
>    we keep the name `emacs-snapshot'.

If it fails, the package has to be adjusted anyway, if it is using a
blacklist of flavors.  And packages using a whitelist will have to be
updated for every new snapshot (or other flavor).  Which, given the
laziness of many maintainers, sucks very much (just look at how many
packages still depend on emacs21).


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