value of maintaining emacs-mode packages in ports

Russell L. Carter rcarter at pinyon.org
Sun Nov 23 18:46:11 UTC 2014


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On 11/23/14 02:05, Fabian Keil wrote:
> "Christopher J. Ruwe" <cjr at cruwe.de> wrote:
> 
>> I am well aware that very probably I might be starting a rant
>> thread, however, I am genuinely interested in opinions from the
>> community.
>> 
>> Since version 24, Emacs, the very good operating system missing
>> only a decent editor, has developed a package manager for Emacs 
>> extensions. Some good repos exist, packages are usually installed
>> to ~/.emacs.d and I have come to really enjoy that way of
>> installing packages.
>> 
>> In that light and as the ports maintainer of math/ess, the Emacs 
>> speaks statistics R-mode of emacs, I am asking myself
>> specifically whether I add any real benefit in maintaining
>> math/ess. More generally, I am interested in community answers as
>> to whether it is really useful to maintain
>> Emacs-extension-packages in ports.
> 
> I don't use math/ess, but in general I prefer to install
> application extensions from ports. I already know how it works and
> this way I also can check were the software is coming from without
> having to familiarise myself with various different package
> managers and know that checksums have been verified before
> installing it.
> 
> Does ELPA verify checksums? After searching the web for a couple
> of minutes My impression is that it installs whatever the server 
> (or a MITM) provides but hopefully my impression is incorrect.

I prefer to let emacs manage its packages, so that I can
easily move my environment from system to system (not
necessarily FreeBSD).  My inits and all the required packages
live in one place: .emacs.d.  I have zero emacs ports installed,
other than emacs itself.  rsyncing .emacs.d to linuxen works
as it should.

elpa/melpa et al were a little rocky a few years ago but now
things are smooth.

I completely agree that the issues raised in favor of ports are
also valid.

Best regards,
Russell

> Fabian
> 
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