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Re: [AUCTeX-devel] Usage of install.el

From: Frank Küster
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX-devel] Usage of install.el
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2007 17:17:45 +0100
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Ralf Angeli <address@hidden> wrote:

> As far as I can see the intent is to extract a tar ball at a target
> location, e.g. site-lisp, and then compile everything in place.  My
> thoughts about this are a bit ambiguous.  On the one hand this
> enforces the notion of a package keeping everything in one place.
> This way it will also be easier to update or remove a package.  On the
> other hand this might leave some unwanted cruft in the target
> location, e.g. distribution files like INSTALL or README.  (Of course,
> those might not be necessary anymore once something like install.el is
> established.)  And e.g. an info file might have to be copied to a
> directory where the standalone info reader can find it nevertheless.

Please also keep in mind people who want to create distribution packages
(deb or rpm or similar):

- Installation will be done in a temporary directory, before packing it
  up in the deb/rpm

- Compilation will most probably be done at the time the deb/rpm is
  unpacked (otherwise we'd need one auctex package for each emacs flavor
  we ship, that could be xemacs21, emacs21, emacs22 and emacs-snapshot
  in Debian lenny).

- any remaining documentation files need to be installed at a different
  place, /usr/share/doc/auctex (but that can be done independent of
  install.el, I think).

Regards, Frank

Dr. Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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