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Re: emacs-26 3fc05cf: Scripts to automate windows binary distribution

From: Michael Albinus
Subject: Re: emacs-26 3fc05cf: Scripts to automate windows binary distribution
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:16:59 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.0.90 (gnu/linux)

address@hidden (Phillip Lord) writes:

Hi Phil,

>> Likely I've missed the discussion, but do we want to distribute Python
>> scripts with Emacs?
> modules/modhelp.py has been there since 2015, so we already do.

That's another level. It is a helper for writing external modules, and
it is not part of Emacs' infrastructure to make a distribution.

> I started off writing this in bash, but it's such a pain that I ported
> it to python which ended up much nicer. Given that this file has about a
> 15-20 minute run time, this seemed a useful thing to me. As it happens
> it was also easy to make it go quicker which is important because it
> means that I can do the build in the evening, rather than over two
> evenings.

If it were me, I would have taken Perl, I don't speak Python. Other
people would prefer Guile.

Before we continue with this, I would like to see a general
agreement. Or at least a go by the maintainers.

(Pls ignore this, if it was discussed and decided already)

The GNU Coding Standards claim:

"The standard extensibility interpreter for GNU software is Guile
(<http://www.gnu.org/software/guile/>), which implements the language
Scheme (an especially clean and simple dialect of Lisp).  [...]  We
don't reject programs written in other "scripting languages" such as
Perl and Python, but using Guile is the path that will lead to overall
consistency of the GNU system."


> Phil

Best regards, Michael.

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