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Re: [AUCTeX-devel] Re: Maintainer wanted for RefTeX

From: Carsten Dominik
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX-devel] Re: Maintainer wanted for RefTeX
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 12:40:38 +0100

Well, lets go ahead and do it.

What do you need from me? A good starting point are actually the reftex*el files and reftex.texi as they appear in the current CVS emacs - they are up-to-date.

- Carsten

On Dec 20, 2006, at 8:36, David Kastrup wrote:

I apologize for the original still being stuck in moderation till the
evening: I don't have the mailing list passwords at my workplace.

Carsten Dominik <address@hidden> writes:

On Dec 19, 2006, at 20:29, Ralf Angeli wrote:

* David Kastrup (2006-12-18) writes:

Carsten Dominik <address@hidden> writes:

I have not updated this mode for a long time because of lack of
time.  If I can find a good maintainer, I would like to hand over
maintenance of this mode to someone else.

Ok, I am thinking whether it would be a good idea to just fold RefTeX
into the AUCTeX CVS.

I'm all for it.

Personally I'll probably not be able to add new features at the
moment but bug fixing should be possible.  And if stuff like
version control is in place it will be easier for potential new
developers to chime in.

I think it this would definitely be my preferred solution, you
people are certainly the best caretakers one could think of.

I have one question: RefTeX is part of Emacs, and also of XEmacs.
On the XEmacs side things would be easy - as AUCTeX is part of it
(at least it was last time I checked), we could simply remove the
RefTeX package and install reftex as part of the AUCTeX package.

And 10 years later, it will become generally available.  XEmacs Sumo
is still stuck at AUCTeX 11.55 (no preview-latex) or so because there
is currently no active integrator.  And XEmacs has no dependency
system, so we'd likely get duplicate RefTeX variants if it were folded
into AUCTeX and an older version still remains on the system.
Frankly, XEmacs is the platform I am most concerned about.

I am wondering how things would work on the Emacs side.  Do you have
a mechanism in place that would occasionally also update the version
of RefTeX in Emacs?

Not yet.  But since RefTeX just consists of Elisp files, I don't think
this should be problematic.

And maybe also fold back changes made by other Emacs developers to
it (usually small things like typos, and implementing new
conventions they come up with).

I think for now we might get along with a manual process.

David Kastrup

Carsten Dominik
Sterrenkundig Instituut "Anton Pannekoek"
Universiteit van Amsterdam
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