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Re: hork point in ~/.emacs: needing emacs.pdmp & other

From: Yuri Khan
Subject: Re: hork point in ~/.emacs: needing emacs.pdmp & other
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2020 01:59:33 +0700

On Sun, 30 Aug 2020 at 01:13, Eli Zaretskii <> wrote:

> > -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 10667896 Aug 20 20:20 emacs-gtk.pdmp
> > -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 10158064 Aug 20 20:20 emacs-nox.pdmp
> > -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 10656232 Aug 20 20:20 emacs-x11.pdmp

> But these *.pdmp files were not in the RPM whose contents you've
> shown.  So where did they come from?

I do not know about SUSE but Debian does a similar thing. Emacs
variants compiled with or without GTK+ or X11 are distributed as
separate packages, with the Emacs binary named /usr/bin/emacs-gtk,
/usr/bin/emacs-nox, etc. Then, the mechanism called “alternatives”
sets up /usr/bin/emacs as a symlink to /etc/alternatives/emacs, which
in turn is a symlink to /usr/bin/emacs-whatever.

The Debian alternatives system makes it possible to declare a group of
related links, e.g. so that emacs.pdmp is a symlink to a symlink to
emacs-gtk.pdmp if and only if emacs is a symlink to a symlink to

It seems the SUSE alternatives system is very similar; maybe SUSE
packagers should add the .pdmp to the alternatives group for Emacs?

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