[ESS] Streamlining ESS distribution (Was: ESS 5.3.8 released)

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Tue Jul 29 15:44:49 CEST 2008

>>>>> "VG" == Vincent Goulet <vincent.goulet at act.ulaval.ca>
>>>>>     on Mon, 28 Jul 2008 17:39:05 -0400 writes:

    VG> Dear Martin et al.,
    VG> In updating the version of ESS in my Emacs distribution for Windows to  
    VG> 5.3.8, I started looking into streamlining and otherwise improve my  
    VG> package. For example, one thing I did was compile the .el files in the  
    VG> lisp/ directory and delete the debian/ directory. I also suspect that  
    VG> the LDA/ and fontlock-test/ directories may be safely removed from a  
    VG> packaged distribution of ESS. One I was uncertain about, though, is  
    VG> the lisp/tmp directory. Is its content needed by ESS? With such a  
    VG> name, I would think not. Actually, are the last three directories  
    VG> really meant to be in the source distribution? (The README file in  
    VG> LDA/, for example, refers to a non-existing file.)

    VG> In a nutshell, I was thinking of distributing only etc/*, doc/* and  
    VG> lisp/*.[el,elc]. Am I missing anything important?

maybe lisp/ChangeLog

In principle you should mimic what  'make install' does.

And it currently does

	for D in lisp doc etc
        do   cd $D; $(MAKE) install; cd ..

so indeed etc/ doc/ and lisp/  should be considered only


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