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Re: emacs for Mac OS 10.3.1

From: Stephen H. Westin
Subject: Re: emacs for Mac OS 10.3.1
Date: 21 Nov 2003 13:58:50 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.2

Hugh Wolf <> writes:

> On 2003-11-21, Stephen H. Westin <westin*> wrote:
> > I still haven't figured out the point to Fink. 
> The main reason is version control and dependency management.  It's
> just like using dselect etc in Debian or rpm in Redhat.  It makes no
> sense at all to build straight from tars imo if you have a good
> software package manager available.
> An important secondary reason in because lots of unix packages need
> minor adjustments to build and/or run in osx, and the kind volunteers
> at fink have already created the .patch files for the rest of us to
> use.
> Thirdly, in many cases prebuilt fink binary packages are available
> for download.  Why build it yourself if it's already been done for
> you in a sensible way?
> All in all, why would you _not_ want to use fink?

Because it puts everything in a strange place where it isn't found by
most normal open-source software builds.

> What advantages
> are you gaining by building everything manually yourself?  I can't
> think of any.

Well, I was exposed to Fink in trying to port code from Linux. When I
went to build, say, libgphoto2, everything was broken, using the wrong
version of utilities, etc.

There are plenty of open-source projects, including Emacs, that have
integrated the Mac port into the main source tree and build procedure.

-Stephen H. Westin
Any information or opinions in this message are mine: they do not
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