[arch-general] Emacs is Broken!

Jeremiah Dodds jeremiah.dodds at gmail.com
Sun Apr 15 09:21:13 EDT 2012

"Stefan Husmann" <stefan-husmann at t-online.de> writes:

> Why not using a PKGBUILD from AUR to do so? We have a fantastic package
> manager, we should use it. How do you deinstall such a self built emacs?
> https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=33337 emacs-bzr, pulls from trunk
> https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=53902 emacs-xwidget-bzr, pulls from xwidget-branch.
> Best Regards

That's definitely a fine solution for a lot of people. The reason I do
it like this is because I've basically lived in emacs for about a
decade, and use it on *nixes other than arch.

I have a couple of pieces of software that I use / stay current with on
just about every box I work on, and have a small utility[1] that lets me
update them on every machine I use without needing to think about distro
packaging. Not that distro packaging is ridiculously difficult to reason
about, just that when something breaks, it tends to break
... frustratingly and in a way that I haven't thought about in a while,
meaning I spend a bit of time re-reading man pages.

I also do a fair amount of poking around emacs' source tree, every once
in a while I maintain a local branch for a bit.

As for de-installing ... I don't. But I'm one of those freaky "Emacs as
an OS and xmonad as a container for its universe" people.

1: https://github.com/jdodds/update

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