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Re: groupware question

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: groupware question
Date: 03 Oct 2003 11:00:44 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

> We also found that it was hard (in XEmacs, GNU Emacs might do better)
> to keep the window-frame mapping consistent across frames (eg, if one
> of you does find-tag, the other doesn't automatically see the result
> if it's a different buffer).

The technical problems I've had with "one Emacs for two people" had
mostly to do with multiple simultaneous minibuffer activations.

Or also with pieces of code which try to reuse an existing window/buffer if
it already exists, leading to the problem such as your *Help* buffer is
shown on the other guy's display and you just sit there wondering what is
Emacs waiting for.

But it was mostly irrelevant because in the end, either we wanted really
close interaction, in which case "one typist, 4 eyes" worked better (the
typing part was never the bottleneck), or otherwise a system based on
CVS-with-frequent-commit worked just as well if not better by decoupling us
just enough (this way we could edit the same text and compare afterwards to
resolve the conflict, rather than fight over who'd get to write his code,
without the other being able to show concretely what he intended to write).


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