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Re: Another Emacs incompatibilty

From: Emanuel Berg
Subject: Re: Another Emacs incompatibilty
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2020 01:02:11 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.1 (gnu/linux)

Torbjörn Granlund wrote:

> Rms once said something along the lines of
>   Imagine if every car manufacturer would need to
>   rearrange the controls of their car in order to
>   avoid look-and-feel copyrights.
> The picture was clear, the steering wheel, the
> brake pedal, the gear shift would all need to be
> changed around for each manufacturer.
> What does this have to do with emacs? Well, each
> emacs release changes things to make much of what
> we long term users have gotten accustomed to
> invalid. A few releases back, the way the area
> between the mark and the insert point worked was
> fundamentally changed. (Replace the steering wheel
> with a lever!) [...]

I agree that doesn't make sense but... is it really
that way? I used Emacs for 10~15 years and never
experience any problems with updates.

Also, I wrote a lot of Elisp, 100+ files [1] and the
way I did it was based on my own engineering instinct
so to say, I never read any README or ChangeLogs or
any of that, so that would make me even more
vulnerable to changes, right?

But what happens is when I get the new version the
byte-compiler tells me maybe one or at most two
things in the Elisp, I fix them and that's it.

So I wonder how and why we can have such different
experience with this...


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