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 11.3 platform.

Package Information

Emacs Dependencies



a graphical environment, alsa-lib-1.2.8, Cairo-1.17.6, dbus-1.14.6, GConf-3.2.6, gobject-introspection-1.74.0, gsettings-desktop-schemas-43.0, GPM-1.20.7, GTK+-2.24.33 or GTK+-3.24.36, ImageMagick-7.1.0-61, Little CMS-2.14, libjpeg-turbo-, libpng-1.6.39, librsvg-2.54.5, libxml2-2.10.3, MIT Kerberos V5-1.20.1, Valgrind-3.20.0, 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), mailutils, and libXaw3d

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

Installation of Emacs

Install Emacs by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

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/28.2 &&
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+-2.24.33 or GTK+-3.24.36 installed and issue the following command as the root user:

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

Command Explanations

--with-imagemagick: Use this if you have installed ImageMagick-7.1.0-61 and wish to link against it.

--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-4.5.0.

--with-gnutls=no: Use this if you have not installed GnuTLS-3.8.0.

--without-harfbuzz: Use this if you have not installed HarfBuzz-7.0.0.

--with-json=no: Use this if you have not installed jansson-2.14.


Installed Programs: ctags, ebrowse, emacs (symlink), emacs-28.2, emacsclient, and etags
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/libexec/emacs and /usr/share/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