Introduction to Emacs

The Emacs package contains an extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.7 systemd platform.

Package Information

Emacs Dependencies


X Window System, alsa-lib-1.0.29, D-Bus, GConf-3.2.6, giflib-5.1.1, GnuTLS-3.4.5 (currently broken), gobject-introspection-1.46.0, gsettings-desktop-schemas-3.18.0, GPM-1.20.7, GTK+-2.24.28 or GTK+-3.18.2, ImageMagick-6.9.1-0, libjpeg-turbo-1.4.2, libpng-1.6.19, librsvg-2.40.10, LibTIFF-4.0.6, libxml2-2.9.2, MIT Kerberos V5-1.13.2, Valgrind-3.11.0, intlfonts, libungif, libotf and m17n-lib - to correctly display such complex scripts as Indic and Khmer, and also for scripts that require Arabic shaping support (Arabic and Farsi), and libXaw3d

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/emacs

Installation of Emacs

Install Emacs by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr        \
            --without-gnutls     \
            --localstatedir=/var &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
chown -v -R root:root /usr/share/emacs/24.5

Command Explanations

--without-gnutls: This switch disables GnuTLS support because building is broken with GnuTLS 3.4.0 and later.

--localstatedir=/var: Create game score files in /var/games/emacs instead of /usr/var/games/emacs.


Installed Programs: ctags, ebrowse, emacs, emacs24.5, emacsclient, etags, and grep-changelog
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/libexec/emacs, /usr/share/emacs, and /var/games/emacs

Short Descriptions


creates cross-reference tagfile database files for source code.


permits browsing of C++ class hierarchies from within emacs.


is an editor.


attaches an emacs session to an already running emacsserver instance.


is another program to generate source code cross-reference tagfiles.


prints entries in Change Logs matching various criteria.

Last updated on 2015-07-31 23:26:22 -0500