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Old 09-23-2003, 08:59 PM   #1
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Smile Installing emacs

Dear Forum,

I am using PC with Intel 150Mhz, 4 Mb of RAM, 4 Gb of Hard drive. I run the Vitamin without the XWindow. I can't run the emacs and I have tried to install it from the distribution disk but I never succeeded. Can someone help me on how to install a program?

Thank you.
Old 09-23-2003, 10:03 PM   #2
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I'm not sure exactly where you need help, but to install from source you do the following.
1. download the source package
2. mv it into the directory you want to install it (I use /usr/local)
3. Decompress the package. If it has a tar.gz extension use the command tar xvzf somefile.tar.gz
4. enter the directory of the decompressed package. You should probably read the README and INSTALL notes.
5. Generally to compile something you type ./configure at the prompt. If that goes without error, you then type make, and after that you type make install.

That's about it. Let me know if you have a more specific question. I'm not sure what "the Vitamin" is. I'm surprised emacs didn't come installed.
Old 09-23-2003, 11:17 PM   #3
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vitamin may be a release name..

i guess emacs rpm requires several other things and your system can't handle.

as oulevon suggested, try to download tar.gz file from
there might be a console only version if i remember correctly.

good luck


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