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Re: A plea for dynamically loadable extension modules

From: Kenichi Handa
Subject: Re: A plea for dynamically loadable extension modules
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2003 22:13:49 +0900 (JST)
User-agent: SEMI/1.14.3 (Ushinoya) FLIM/1.14.2 (Yagi-Nishiguchi) APEL/10.2 Emacs/21.2.92 (sparc-sun-solaris2.6) MULE/5.0 (SAKAKI)

In article <address@hidden>, Nic <address@hidden> writes:

> Mario Lang <address@hidden> writes:
>>  Is there any chance that we get the dynloading extention 
>>  for 21.4?  If not, could you please explain why? 

> I think rms made a statement on this subject a number of months
> ago. The reason dynamic loading has not been included in emacs so far
> is that there would then be the potential of breaking the terms of
> the licence under which emacs is distributed.

> The GPL requires all code linked to emacs to also be Free. If
> dynamic linking was allowed that couldn't be gauranteed.

Just a note:

The latest X allows dynamic loading various objects for
XLC/XOM/XIM support.

For instance, see this file

The content is:
#       XI18N objects table for euro locales
XLC     common/xlcUTF-8         _XlcUnicodeLoader       # XLC_open
XOM     common/xomLTRTTB        _XomGenericOpenOM       # XOM_open
XIM     common/xiiimp           _SwitchOpenIM           # XIM_open
XIM     common/xiiimp           _XimpLocalOpenIM        # XIM_open

It is possible that any commercial programs come here.

So, as far as Emacs is linked with X (by regarding X library
as something fundamental one as libc), it's impossible to
guarantee the above condition.

Ken'ichi HANDA

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