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-7.6 systemd platform.

Package Information

Emacs Dependencies


X Window System, alsa-lib-1.0.28, D-Bus, GnuTLS-3.3.7, gobject-introspection-1.40.0, GPM-1.20.7, GTK+-2.24.24 or GTK+-3.12.2, ImageMagick-6.8.9-7, libjpeg-turbo-1.3.1, libpng-1.6.13, librsvg-2.40.3, LibTIFF-4.0.3, and libungif

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

Installation of Emacs

Install Emacs by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr         \
            --with-gif=no         \
            --localstatedir=/var  &&
make bootstrap

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
chown -v -R root:root /usr/share/emacs/24.3

If you have GTK+-2.24.24 or GTK+-3.12.2 installed, run, as root user:

gtk-update-icon-cache -qf /usr/share/icons/hicolor

Command Explanations

--with-gif=no: This option is required if libungif is not installed.

--libexecdir=/usr/lib: Place library executables in a Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS) location.

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


Installed Programs: ctags, ebrowse, emacs, emacsclient, etags, grep-changelog, and rcs-checkin
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.


is a shell script used to check files into RCS.

Last updated on 2014-09-21 21:10:06 -0700