Mats Lidell writes:
Couldn't the bootstrap packages just be available for the
Sure, but there's no point to that since you need to find existing
packages anyway, and this would require two paths through the
installation code, one which looks for extra Lisp somewhere and uses
that to install more packages, and one which looks for a tarball and
installs it. What we really want to do here is install any packages
that come with the source code in the right place and go from there.
Most of the time that should be possible, and the rest of the time
we'd need the user's help anyway.
The complexity is entirely due to the fact that for historical reasons
packages might be anywhere in the user's system, and that XEmacs has
changed its default location for package installation, but the users
are going to expect that previously installed packages will be found
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