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Re: Why is Elisp slow?


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Why is Elisp slow?
Date: Fri, 03 May 2019 09:51:52 +0300

> From: Stefan Monnier <address@hidden>
> Date: Thu, 02 May 2019 22:39:46 -0400
> 
> > One reason why people implemented everything in elisp instead of
> > contributing in C (or sending patches) is:
> 
> Eli's point is quite different (and actually goes well beyond adding
> new C primitives): there is a world of Elisp hackers developing great
> packages but never engaging with Emacs development at all, in the sense
> that they take Emacs as an immutable base whose limitations and bugs are
> just obstacles around which to work.

Well said, thanks.

> I regularly bump into code "out there" with random hacks to work around
> Emacs bugs I've never heard of.

Not just bugs: also limitations and missing features.

> All Eli is saying is: when the Emacs infrastructure isn't as good as
> you'd like for your package, please report it as a bug (no need to do
> anything more than that).  That doesn't mean we'll necessarily fix those
> bugs (sometimes they're hard to fix, or simply nobody is interested in
> fixing them), but it helps to know about them, and can guide
> future redesigns.

Right.



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