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Emacs 23.2 -- A quick review...

Posted 05-13-2010 at 01:43 PM by Lufbery

Earlier this week, the GNU folks released Emacs 23.2. I downloaded it and compiled it on my Slackware64_13 computer to see if I like it.

The short answer is that I like it. Emacs 23.1 had a bug with the tmm-menubar (text mode menu bar) that drove me crazy enough to downgrade again to Emacs 22.3. That bug has been fixed in 23.2 and the overall experience is pretty darned good.

There are a couple of odd things I've noticed with this update:
  1. The default in terminal mode is for Emacs to start with a white background instead of the traditional black. That looks nice, but the refresh rate on my CRT monitor in text mode is not high enough to prevent a flicker on the solid white background. Starting Emacs with '-bg black -fg white' solves that little annoyance.
  2. There's another bug with the tmm-menubar. It does not show the keyboard shortcuts in some of the menus now. I submitted that bug and it is fixed for the next update.
  3. The toolbar icons (in X windows mode) use a different toolkit than Emacs 22.3. They look different and I'm not sure I like them. I may try recompiling Emacs 23.2 using the '--with-toolkit=gtk2' switch (if that's the right way to express it) and see if that helps.

Overall, though Emacs 23.2 gets a solid A- from me.
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