[aur-general] Compiling emacs lisp files

Jonathan Arnold jdarnold at buddydog.org
Tue Dec 18 16:28:16 EST 2012

On Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:37:43 +0100
Mika Fischer <mika.fischer at zoopnet.de> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm currently maintaining the ninja package on the AUR [1]. Recently,
> there has been an issue about which I'd like to ask for your advice:
> ninja contains an files for emacs to support edititng the rules files
> of ninja. A user suggested that I compile the provided .el file to an
> .elc file. I did that, but then other users complained about the
> build-dependency on emacs. Now another user suggested that in the
> PKGBUILD, I should check whether emacs is installed and only then
> compile the .el file. I'm not totally opposed to this, but it feels a
> bit strange that the package is different, depending on the system
> it's built on.
> What would you do in this situation?

I would leave it at .el files. Anyone who really cares about .elc files
will already know how to create them. The speed difference won't be all
that noticeable anyway.

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