>>>> "Kai" == Kai Großjohann
Kai> I've said before that IMHO, work on an Emacs package system
Kai> should start with support for Autoconf.
*chortle* First, get XEmacs to work with Autoconf 2.5x. But autoconf
is such an ugly hack to start with. Yes, it's necessary to handle the
brain-damage in system libraries and so on, and it's hard to imagine
how it could be made "pretty". But searching $PATH and similar
command UI-level operations can just as easily be done in Lisp as in
Kai> What about gnuserv? How is gnuserv handled in XEmacs?
Built in core.
Kai> Maybe this mechanism could be used for Preview-LaTeX, as
Nope. David won't even maintain an XEmacs package, he surely would be
unwilling to suffer the restrictions that putting preview-latex in
core would entail. Not to mention that it would surely be vetoed.
Movemail, certainly, and hexl, AFAIK, are built in core. They share
configure with XEmacs. I don't know about the others you mention.
But they have nothing to do with David's use of autoconf, if his
comment accurately describes the total use of autoconf. According to
David's description, preview-latex uses autoconf for quite trivial
PATH-chasing and checking for whether options are present that could
just as easily be done in Lisp.
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