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Re: calc 2.02f doesn't work


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: calc 2.02f doesn't work
Date: 20 May 2003 10:08:02 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

Paul Rubin <address@hidden> writes:

> In GNU Emacs 21.2.1 (i386-redhat-linux-gnu, X toolkit, Xaw3d scroll bars)
>  of 2003-02-19 on porky.devel.redhat.com

> Calc 2.02f (downloaded from Dave Gillespie's site, which is the first
> Google hit for "Emacs calculator"; trying to find it from www.gnu.org
> was difficult) doesn't build properly under Emacs 21.2.1.  The
> makefile copies calc-maint.el to calc-maint.elc for some reason, then
> tries to run it, and Emacs complains that calc-maint.elc wasn't
> compiled with Emacs.  Manually compiling calc-maint.el with M-x
> byte-compile-file lets the rest of the build process finish.  But
> running calc then just complaing "[bad format]" whenever you press a
> numeric key like "3".
> 
> I seem to remember hitting this problem before and getting a simple
> fix from someone on this list, but I've forgotten/lost the
> specifics.

So you could have looked in the "PROBLEMS" file with C-h P and
discover a section about compiling calc.

> I'd really like to urge that the calc package be included with and
> preconfigured into future versions of emacs, to solve this problem
> once and for all.  It's an 800k tgz file, but that's not as big a
> deal now as it used to be.

Your wish has been granted, it is now in the CVS.  Actually, it's been
there quite a while and I rather recommend checking it out from there
(as there has been a number of fixes) rather than using the stone-age
calc-2.02f package.

-- 
David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum




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