file-newer-than-file-p [was: [COMMIT] Check absolute source file ...]
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
Wed Dec 31 07:41:33 EST 2008
Aidan Kehoe writes:
> Ar an t-aonú lá is triochad de mí na Nollaig, scríobh Stephen J. Turnbull:
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> > [...] which is precisely what (1) ... (4) give. Do you disagree, or do
> > you just think the whole idea of trying to extend the relation to
> > non-existent files is bogus and the caller should check explicitly?
> Yes, that. In an ideal world #'file-newer-than-file-p would throw a
> file-error if either argument didn?t exist or the corresponding metadata
> couldn?t be read. Doing this now would be introducing a needless
> incompatibility though, it?s much more realistic to live with it.
> > [...] BTW, do you agree with me (at #### above) that we want to use the
> > .el file, not the .elc?
> Well, we have to use one or the other, and using the .elc has the advantage
> that we can pass the path on to make-docfile without further processing.
> make-docfile.c much prefers .elc files, since the docstrings are
> automatically generated in a format it can read.
OK. I guess it doesn't really matter, since the only reason the .elcs
would be bogusly newer than the DOC file is if somebody rm'ed some
deliberately. "make beta-clean" wouldn't be a problem because that
rm's the DOC file, too.
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