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Re: [ELPA] New package xeft.el

From: Yuan Fu
Subject: Re: [ELPA] New package xeft.el
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2023 22:46:15 -0700

> On Jan 4, 2023, at 12:24 PM, Stefan Monnier <monnier@iro.umontreal.ca> wrote:
> Yuan Fu [2023-01-02 20:11:50] wrote:
>> I wrote xeft.el awhile ago, it allows you to search text notes really fast
>> by using a dynamic module. My initial plan is to somehow plug the dynamic
>> module into Deft some day and I’ll keep xeft to myself. Turns out it’s not
>> very feasible to make Deft use the dynamic module, so now I thought I might
>> as well publish xeft. After all I think it is really cool and I want more
>> people to use it :-)
>> You can find xeft here: https://git.sr.ht/~casouri/xeft
> I'm a bit uncomfortable with the way this is set up:
> it's unusable without downloading further code first.
> Why not do it like the `pq` package, which includes the C source code in
> the GNU ELPA package?  IOW merge your `xapian-lite` repository into the
> `xeft` repository.  Or make a GNU ELPA package for `xapian-lite` if you
> think the two should not be so closely tied to one another?

Yeah I can do that. The download feature is probably over-engineering for not 
much benefit :-)

> Other details I saw along the way:
> - You claim you have precompiled packages for GNU/Linux but that's only
>  true for amd64, which is only a particular subset of GNU/Linux
>  (most of my GNU/Linux machines (i386, armhf, arm64) are outside of
>  that subset, for example).

That’s true, probably better to not have the download feature.

> - Your source code includes `emacs-module.h` which should not be
>  necessary because that file is distributed with Emacs (the way `pq`
>  finds it is not ideal, but this might be a good opportunity to look
>  at improving the situation and providing a standardized way for
>  ELisp packages to find that file).

Is it included in the distributed Emacs? I thought you would need the source of 
Emacs to access that file.

> - `xapian-lite.cc` lacks a license blurb.

I can add it.


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