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Re: [ELPA] New package: pspp-mode.el for PSPP/SPSS syntax highlighting

From: Friedrich Beckmann
Subject: Re: [ELPA] New package: pspp-mode.el for PSPP/SPSS syntax highlighting
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2020 11:44:23 +0200


i think the benefit of having the pspp-mode in GNU ELPA is that I can load it 
in emacs via the standard elpa way, i.e. M-x package-list—packages and then 
select pspp-mode - which is working right now because Stefan included 
pspp-mode.el in the GNU
ELPA repository.

Until now I included the pspp-mode.el in the pspp debian package where it is 
then installed as an „external“ elpa package. The benefit is that once I 
install pspp, then the pspp-mode is autoloaded in emacs right away, i.e. when I 
open a .sps file, then the mode is immediately working. I think it is nice that 
I do not even need to know ELPA and the mode works in emacs right away when I 
install the debian pspp package. So maybe that is a reason to keep pspp-mode.el 
in the distribution. An alternative way would be  to find a way that installing 
the pspp package will „activate“ the pspp-mode.el from GNU ELPA.


> Am 04.07.2020 um 17:15 schrieb John Darrington <>:
> On Sat, Jul 04, 2020 at 09:12:33AM -0400, Stefan Monnier wrote:
>> thanks for your response regarding PSPP mode for emacs in GNU ELPA.
>> I think we can simply copy pspp-mode.el to elpa.git and do the necessary
>> modifications there.
>     Having the development/maintenance of `pspp-mode.el` take place in
>     `elpa.git` is indeed the better option from where I stand, but
>     would `pspp-mode.el` then be removed from the PSPP Git repository (to
>     avoid a risk of the two versions going out of sync)?
> Probably it would be - but I don't think a decision has been made yet.

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