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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 22:48:14 -0700

> On Jan 4, 2023, at 12:38 PM, Karl Fogel <kfogel@red-bean.com> wrote:
> On 04 Jan 2023, Stefan Monnier 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.
> FWIW, I also was uncomfortable with this.  I started to try out xeft, but 
> then I stopped when it asked me if I wanted to download a binary package 
> whose provenance wasn't clear to me.
> Actually, I tried choosing the 'c' option to 'c'ompile, but that got a 
> generic error, "Wrong type argument" or something like that. I couldn't tell 
> what was wrong.  I thought that having certain Debian packages (xapian-tools, 
> python3-xapian, libxapian30, libxapian-dev) installed already might mean that 
> xeft would Just Work, but that wasn't the case.

Yeah you need to compile the dynamic module that wraps some Xapian functions 
for Emacs to use, basically. Let me see what’s wrong with the compile command.


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