Glenn Morris wrote:
PS If you drop Emacs < 23.1 (released July 2009), you can switch to a
single .dir-locals.el file (rather than having the same stanza in
multiple source files)


That would make sense if we assume that Gnulib source files live in a directory controlled by the .dir-locals.el file. However, Gnulib is designed to copy source files hither and yon, and it'd be a pain to arrange to update the .dir-locals.el files (if any) appropriate for the hither-and-yon copies.

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