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Re: removing old installations

From: Peter Dyballa
Subject: Re: removing old installations
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011 16:18:28 +0200

Am 26.06.2011 um 00:57 schrieb Eric Abrahamsen:

I'm quite sure I've removed everything emacs-related from /usr/local/ *.
One odd thing is, my emacs man file is located at
/usr/share/man/man1/emacs.1.gz (symlinked from
/etc/alternatives/emacs.1.gz), but within the FILES section of that man
page, it gives all the emacs-related paths as /usr/local/*. Not sure
what that's about.

I've forgotten these! And there's more than one file:

-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel  6367  9. Jun 21:38 man1/emacs.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel  1632  9. Jun 21:38 man1/emacsclient.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel  4444  9. Jun 21:38 man1/etags.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel   993  9. Jun 21:38 man1/grep-changelog.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel  1191  9. Jun 21:38 man1/rcs-checkin.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel    37  9. Jun 21:38 man1/ctags.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel  1128  9. Jun 21:38 man1/ebrowse.1.gz

Another area with around 90 files is /usr/local/share/info. And there's also /usr/local/share/applications/emacs.desktop!

The sym-links to /etc/alternatives are *not* from your "private" installation of GNU Emacs, they're presumably from Debian (package). The reason is that you can have more that one packaged GNU Emacs version on your PC. Then *some* man page must be present (similarly for the INFO files – and this Debian scheme really works quite fine, on my Mac).

The bug report data shows that emacs was compiled by Debian.

So you can be sure now that it's not your own "private" Emacs!

I note that --enable-locallisppath includes, among many other paths, the two paths
that emacs complains about when it's run from the command line.

Among the voluminous output of strace is:

access("/usr/local/share/emacs/23.2/site-lisp", F_OK) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
write(2, "Warning: Lisp directory `/usr/lo"..., 80) = 80
access("/usr/local/share/emacs/site-lisp", F_OK) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
write(2, "Warning: Lisp directory `/usr/lo"..., 75) = 75

So presumably they're just *warnings*, not /errors/! You've deleted these directory branches when you found that they might contain data from your "private" installations, but they were created before when you installed some GNU Emacs package.

I'd recommend to check (the dates of) the MAN and INFO files. This step could be performed again after this most important step: remove all GNU Emacs packages from your PC to clean the situation as far as possible. (Then recheck the places I mentioned in my posts.) Finally re-install these packages/this package. It will create the paths GNU Emacs is complaining about.

Is my only problem that emacs was compiled with some non-existent
directories in the lisploadpath?

No, I presume that you started cleaning after you had installed the first GNU Emacs package (and found some interference of the two Emacsen). And during this operation you just removed a few bits too much. By removing and reinstalling you'll get these bits back. And a sane system!



Upgraded, adj.:
        Didn't work the first time.

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