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Re: Bug#539800: emacs23 should be built with GTK+, not Lucid

[This was also sent to Romain and the bug tracker, but I got the list
 address wrong then.]

Romain Francoise <rfrancoise@debian.org> writes:

> Package: emacs23
> Version: 23.1+1-2
> Starting with version 23.1, GTK+ is the default upstream toolkit.
> Debian should follow this decision and build Emacs with GTK by
> default instead of providing a separate, non-default emacs23-gtk
> package.

Agreed, I'm completely in favor of following the upstream defaults
unless there's some compelling reason not to.  I was just trying to
determine an appropriate solution, and I didn't want to hold up the
initial release to unstable.

My current inclination is to do as you suggest and change emacs23 to use
--with-x-toolkit=gtk, which is the upstream default.

Whether or not we also provide an emacs23-(lucid|athena) package is a
separate question.  I suppose there may be those that still prefer the
older behavior(s) (in particular, perhaps the scrollbars).  That alone
might or might not be compelling, but it's also been pointed out that
there are some unresolved problems with GTK+ and the server mode.

So the question is whether or not we think there's enough justification
for an additional emacs23-(lucid|athena) package.

Rob Browning
rlb @defaultvalue.org and @debian.org; previously @cs.utexas.edu
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