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Re: [PATCH] Release ERC 5.6

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Release ERC 5.6
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2023 19:12:11 +0200

> From: "J.P." <jp@neverwas.me>
> Cc: emacs-erc@gnu.org, bandali@gnu.org
> Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2023 09:02:17 -0800
> ERC plans on releasing a new version sometime soon. Would it be possible
> to add something like the attached to the release branch informing
> people of this?

I'm not sure I understand why ERC should behave differently than any
other bundled package that is also on ELPA.  None of them tells the
user the bundled version is "outdated", as in this message:

> +       nil (concat
> +            "\C-bThis version of ERC is outdated\C-b. The latest release"
> +            " on GNU ELPA contains a host of new fixes and features."
> +            " If you use ERC regularly, please consider upgrading."
> +            " See (info \"(erc) Upgrading\") for details. Network I/O was"
> +            " not involved in bringing you this message.")))))

Instead, we rely on package.el to tell users that a newer version is
available from ELPA, and we rely on users to decide whether to

Is there anything in ERC that justifies this different behavior?

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