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Re: [AUCTeX-devel] bug#24070: LaTeX mode doesn't load in 11.89.4

From: Caleb Rottman
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX-devel] bug#24070: LaTeX mode doesn't load in 11.89.4
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:51:46 -0600

Here are my two cents as a somewhat average emacs user (then I'll butt out and let you all decide what you want to do).

I have around 30 packages that I install through ELPA. Since this is pretty unwieldy, I have these all configured using the "use-package" macro, which will automatically download missing packages and `require' them as necessary. This makes installations on new machines really simple.

However, since AUCTeX doesn't have any (require 'auctex) line, use-package will fail and AUCTeX won't install. That means that out of the 30 packages I have, I am required to install AUCTeX manually. Now that I know that AUCTeX will work when you just install it, it is indeed not too hard to get AUCTeX working. However, my main hangup in this whole issue is that I expected AUCTeX to work like all the other packages I use. 

So it's not that AUCTeX is hard to install per se, it's just that it's different than all the other 30 packages that I use. This, in my experience, has always made AUCTeX confusing to me in the past.

Whatever you decided to do, thanks for all your work on this.


On Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 5:34 AM, Mosè Giordano <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi Stefan,

2016-07-27 5:14 GMT+02:00 Stefan Monnier <address@hidden>:
> The intent is not to make the installation easier.
> It's to make it compatible with the old (require 'tex-site) method.
> But as mentioned, maybe rather than make (require 'tex-site) work, it
> might be preferable to emit a warning explaining that it's better to
> just do nothing and let package-initialize do its job.

Ok, I see.  Then I'd personally prefer to go by this route (do not use
`require' at all), but Tassilo is the main maintainer of AUCTeX on
ELPA.  Tassilo, what's your opinion on this?


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