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Old 09-19-2008, 05:28 PM   #1
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Distribution: slack 12.1
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emacs won't start on Slack 12.1

i've searched the forums a bit and haven't found anything quite like i've been experiencing. i'll describe the step by step of the scenario. any suggestions would be great.

- boot computer
- login
- open xterm
- type "emacs"

... that's it. emacs is invoked, but hangs. this is the same regardless of whether it is done as root or a user, in console mode or X, with or without files passed on the command line.

if any one has a suggestion, i'll try it.

Old 09-20-2008, 11:08 PM   #2
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My first step would be to verify the checksum of the binary to see if it is corrupted, then download emacs from and reinstall.

Last edited by opto; 09-20-2008 at 11:43 PM.
Old 09-21-2008, 10:48 AM   #3
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Distribution: slack 12.1
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edit: although this was posted ages ago, i just realized i hadn't updated it.
the problem is moot as i've since re-installed the machine, but i never did figure out what the problem was exactly.

-go easy,

thanks for the suggestion. it has something to do with the kernel and libraries -- if i boot in a generic kernel the issue doesn't occur.

also i've learned that it isn't that emacs is hanging, but rather that it takes a long time for the initial start. if i do the sequence above, and let the invokation command sit, after about 4-5 minutes it will start. after that it starts up without a delay. i think this might have to do with initial linux startup/configuration still taking place, for instance the sound also is delayed ( ie: the login chimes in KDE don't kick off as quickly as they do in subsequent login's ).

anyway, the obvious workaround is simply to let the machine boot, login, and then not expect to work for a few minutes. frankly, that's rather Window's esque and not something i am used to in the *nix world.


Last edited by brokencog; 12-18-2008 at 09:48 PM. Reason: update status.


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