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Re: what flavor emacs?

From: João Távora
Subject: Re: what flavor emacs?
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:42:33 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.2.91 (darwin)

Peter Dyballa <address@hidden> writes:

> Am 02.09.2013 um 17:25 schrieb Jude DaShiell:
>> It's got Leopard 10.5.8 on it and works with that version.
> All you need is Xcode installed, then fetch the sources of GNU 24.3
> then fetch from – in TRAMP syntax –
> /ftp:address@hidden:/emacs the archive
> emacs-24.3-mac-4.2.tar.gz. Out pack emacs-24.3.tar.gz, rename the just
> created directory emacs-24.3 to emacs-24.3-mac-4.2 and out pack
> emacs-24.3-mac-4.2.tar.gz. Change directory into emacs-24.3-mac-4.2
> and apply the patches in the file patch-mac ('patch -p 0 <
> patch-mac'). Perform a ./configure with at least the argument
> --with-mac, compile, and install. You'll have the best GNU Emacs
> integrated into Mac OS X and Aqua.

I use this option, but considerably simplify the previous steps by
installing Homebrew ( on your Mac and, going to and following instructions

        If you'd like to install with Homebrew, please

        $ brew tap railwaycat/emacsmacport

      and then
        $ brew install emacs-mac

The "emacs-mac-port" github repo contains a tree where all that patch
magic has already been done. It also contains a Homebrew "recipe", which
means, "brew install emacs-mac" should take care of configuring and
building with appropriate options and placing the result in a reasonable
place, which I think is /usr/local.

It has the advantage that it can coexist with other "brew" installations
of other emacsen, so you can decide which is best.

You still need the latest Xcode to compile things with Homebrew however,
so that step is common.


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