Emacs 23 – Phase II

Things keep changing with time, rather they evolve and improve to better things. This is one such an occasion to look back at something which has moved to the next stage. wondering what ? Am talking about emacs-snapshot which I wrote about a month ago.

I was really surprised to hear from G0SUB that emacs-snapshot was available in the repository as .deb package. And still happier to know that I could update my earlier emacs-snapshot with our favorite `apt-get update`.

Baishampayan Gose has set up an APT repository, from which we can install it over Ubuntu Dapper machines. And, I successfully installed it in my Ubuntu Edgy laptop. The steps are as follows…

#1. Add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://people.ubuntu-in.org/~ghoseb/apt/ dapper main

If you are interested in getting the source and install from it then,

deb-src http://people.ubuntu-in.org/~ghoseb/apt/ dapper main

#2. Do sudo apt-get update to update your package list with the newly added repository.

#3. To do a fresh install of the emacs-snapshot package do,

sudo apt-get install emacs-snapshot-gtk

#4. If you already have a vanilla emacs-snapshot package, which I wrote about in my earlier blog post, then do this…

sudo apt-get upgrade

This will upgrade your earlier installation to the new version.

#5. If you are doing a fresh install, then you have to edit your .emacs file, provided you have emacs21 in your system. If so, then put the following code into the .emacs file.

(set-default-font "Bitstream Vera Sans Mono-8")

#6. To launch the new emacs-snapshot type this into the terminal and press ‘Enter’,

emacs-snapshot-gtk --enable-font-backend

You can also create a launcher and add the above command into the command field.

Experiment, enjoy and get us feedbacks 🙂 If you have further queries or suggestions, you can post them in G0SUB’s blog post about the same 🙂


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