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Re: How to uninstall Emacs?

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: How to uninstall Emacs?
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 15:15:33 -0600
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

Rodolfo Medina wrote:
> I recently installed Emacs after downloading it from git
> repositories.  Suppose I would like to uninstall it - I want to try
> how the Emacs distribution provided by Debian works and then,
> perhaps, reinstall Emacs from git.  How can I completely uninstall
> it?

Or you could simply try the Debian one without uninstalling your
version.  When you compile from git sources and 'make install' it will
install emacs into /usr/local/bin/emacs.  Since PATH includes
/usr/local/bin ahead of /usr/bin calling emacs calls your locally
compiled binary first.

To avoid this you can simply call the system packaged version
directly.  You can do this even with your locally compiled one
installed in /usr/local/bin.


Calling it specifically by that path will invoke the system packaged
version.  You can verify this by looking at the emacs version.  The
version is usually displayed near the bottom of the start up splash
screen.  If not (I customize mine away) you can ask it directly.

  M-x emacs-version

If you have customizations in your dot emacs file you can test the
stock system configuration with the -q option.  The -q option
instructs emacs not to load an init file.

  /usr/bin/emacs -q


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