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Re: How to reload an updated library?

From: Alexis
Subject: Re: How to reload an updated library?
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:08:47 +1100

On 2015-03-02T12:50:28+1100, Tory S. Anderson said:

TSA> I've never been quite clear in emacs on the meanings of library, TSA> package, extension... I think I mean package, such as what you TSA> download from `m-x list-packages`: in this case, a whole program TSA> like Helm which includes many .el files.

In my experience, in the context of Emacs, a 'package' is something that is downloaded from one of the ELPAs (Emacs Lisp Package Archives) - GNU ELPA, MELPA, MELPA-Stable, Marmalade etc. If you're installing Helm by cloning the Git repo and loading it manually, you're actually not making use of the Emacs package system. i would recommend installing Helm from one of the ELPAs, and then using the upgrade functionality of Emacs' package system[1] - when you upgrade a package, it will usually (again, in my experience) get reloaded once the local package has been updated.

Things that aren't actually available for processing by `package.el` i would refer to as 'extensions' or 'libraries', regardless of how many ELisp source files they include.


[1] E.g. by doing M-x package-list-packages, then typing U to mark all upgradeable packages, then typing x to start the upgrade process.

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