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Re: [AUCTeX-devel] Re: Repository for RefTeX

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX-devel] Re: Repository for RefTeX
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 09:25:02 +0100
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Jan-Åke Larsson <address@hidden> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>> Ralf Angeli <address@hidden> writes:
>>> * David Kastrup (2007-01-27) writes:
>>>> IIRC, Miles posted some installer tool written in Elisp on
>>>> emacs-devel, something to which Richard said "if a package system
>>>> would look like that, I would not object to it". 
> I also started coding something in elisp, for the main AUCTeX
> package, but after David expressed some doubts on its usefulness I
> ceased working on it.

Hm, I did?  I don't quite remember.

> I can dig it up if someone wants me to, but I think that you can
> quickly code whatever I had accomplished.  And probably Stefan's
> package is a better place to start anyway.

Well, it sort of has a preliminary semi-blessing by Richard.  It might
be a reasonable endeavor to test-drive it for RefTeX and possibly
think about AUCTeX later on.

I think it makes sense asking Stefan.

Stefan, Carsten Dominik has relinquished development of RefTeX, and
after some back and forth the involved parties decided that it would
be ok to put it in the repository and under the auspices of the AUCTeX

RefTeX and AUCTeX development cycles at the moment seem different
enough not to merge them into a single package right now, and RefTeX
is distributed as an integral part of both Emacs and XEmacs, anyway.
The structure of the RefTeX package is simpler than that of AUCTeX.

Our experience with an autoconf-based installation of AUCTeX has been
mixed.  One consequence is that AUCTeX has not been updated in the
XEmacs package tree for a long time.  Another is that we finally moved
to providing precompiled Emacs/AUCTeX combinations on Windows because
users were complete out of their depth with managing prerequisites,
quoting and installation options.

So RefTeX would be a good starting candidate for an Elisp-based
installer, and the code you posted on emacs-devel might be a good
starting point.

Would you have any comments and/or would you consider active
participation in a project to move RefTeX and maybe later AUCTeX to an
Elisp-based installation?  Is the latest version of your style the one
on <URL:>?

And, well, I guess if we want to start from there, we would need the
ubiquitous copyright assignment for AUCTeX...


David Kastrup

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