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-9.1 platform.

Package Information

Emacs Dependencies



X Window System, alsa-lib-, dbus-1.12.16, GConf-3.2.6, gobject-introspection-1.62.0, gsettings-desktop-schemas-3.34.0, GPM-1.20.7, GTK+-2.24.32 or GTK+-3.24.13, ImageMagick-6.9.10-93 libraries (see command explanations), libjpeg-turbo-2.0.4, libpng-1.6.37, librsvg-2.46.4, libxml2-2.9.10, MIT Kerberos V5-1.18, Valgrind-3.15.0, 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 --localstatedir=/var &&

This package does not come with a test suite. If make succeeds, you can test the result by running src/emacs -Q, which is the program that will be installed, with its auxiliary files. This should start and display the application opening screen.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
chown -v -R root:root /usr/share/emacs/26.3 &&
rm -vf /usr/lib/systemd/user/emacs.service


This package installs icon files into the /usr/share/icons/hicolor hierarchy and you can improve system performance and memory usage by updating /usr/share/icons/hicolor/index.theme. To perform the update you must have GTK+-2.24.32 or GTK+-3.24.13 installed and issue the following command as the root user:

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

Command Explanations

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

IMAGEMAGICK_CFLAGS=-I/usr/include/ImageMagick-6 IMAGEMAGICK_LIBS="-lMagickCore-6.Q16HDRI -lMagick++-6.Q16HDRI -lMagickWand-6.Q16HDRI" : use these when you invoke configure if you have installed ImageMagick-6.9.10-93 libraries and wish to link to them (the normal unversioned pkgconfig files collide with ImageMagick-7.0.9-23 which this package cannot use).

--with-gif=no: Use this if you have not installed giflib-5.2.1 or libungif.

--with-tiff=no: Use this if you have not installed LibTIFF-4.1.0.

--with-gnutls=no: Use this if you have not installed GnuTLS-3.6.12.


Installed Programs: ctags, ebrowse, emacs (symlink), emacs-26.3, 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 2020-02-17 12:12:55 -0800