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Re: Emacs Lisp's future

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Emacs Lisp's future
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:37:17 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4.50 (gnu/linux)

> I have read the remarks about packages not having to be done before
> being added to Elpa.  But currently not even a releasable version of
> Magit exists.

The right way to think about the `elpa' branch in Emacs is "github for
Elisp" rather than "retirement home for mature packages".  So indeed
code doesn't need to be "ready for release".  Magit has been in use for
many years now, so it's definitely ready for some kind of release,
whether you call it a "pretest release" or a "only for daredevils"
doesn't really matter, because many people seem quite happy using it.

> Instead of adding Magit as is, I would rather add certain components of
> Magit to Emacs itself (after sufficiently abstracting them) and move
> certain functionality into libraries that are already part of Emacs.

That can be done as well.  But there's no reason that one should
preclude the other.


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