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Re: searching elisp on debian/ubuntu

From: Alex Bennée
Subject: Re: searching elisp on debian/ubuntu
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:10:52 +0100
User-agent: mu4e; emacs 24.3.1

address@hidden writes:

> [This is more about debian ubuntu than emacs]
> When looking for something in elisp on debian/ubuntu there is the
> nuisance that the files are gzipped.  So Ive to do things like

What sort of things are you looking for?

> find /usr/share/emacs/23.4/lisp *.gz|xargs zgrep <something>

Everything in your site-lisp should be visible within emacs even if they
are autoloaded functions to start with.

> because zgrep unlike grep has no recursive flag
> I believe that there is some dpkg/apt flag that says keep the files
> unzipped.

Not really. The files are in the package in their gzipped form. They get
processed by various scripts but essentially they are as they are.

> Anyone know of it?

However auto-compression-mode is your friend. You can visit .gz files
withing Emacs and it will automagically deal with gz files for you.

Alex Bennée

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