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[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: emacs*-24.2.90-1 (TEST)

The following packages have been updated in the Cygwin distribution as test releases:

*** emacs-24.2.90-1
*** emacs-X11-24.2.90-1
*** emacs-el-24.2.90-1

Thanks to the efforts of Daniel Colascione, there is also a new package

*** emacs-w32-24.2.90-1,

again a test release, for users who want to use the native Windows GUI for display.

Emacs is a powerful, customizable, self-documenting, modeless text editor. Emacs contains special code editing features, a scripting language (elisp), and the capability to read mail, news, and more without leaving the editor.

This release is a pretest for the upcoming emacs-24.3. It contains bugfixes as well as new features. In particular, the bug reported in

has been fixed, and the Cygwin build of emacs-nox.exe now has mouse support, as requested in

Browse the NEWS file ('C-h n' within emacs) for more information about changes since emacs-24.2.

In this release, for the first time, I've been able to build Cygwin's emacs-X11 with all of the upstream defaults. In particular, the build uses GTK+-3 instead of GTK+-2, and it supports GNOME's GSettings and GConf features. A minor consequence of this is that you might see a GTK warning about gtk_window_parse_geometry; this can be ignored. A more important consequence is that you should have a D-Bus session daemon running before starting emacs under X11. The simplest way to achieve this is to put the following line at the beginning of your ~/.startxwinrc file:

eval `dbus-launch --sh-syntax`

See /usr/share/doc/emacs/README.Cygwin for more information.

1. The emacs, emacs-w32, and emacs-X11 packages each provide an emacs binary. These are emacs-nox.exe, emacs-w32.exe, and emacs-X11.exe, respectively, in order of increasing priority. The postinstall scripts create a symlink /usr/bin/emacs that resolves to the highest-priority binary that you have installed. Thus the command `emacs' will start emacs-X11.exe if you've installed the emacs-X11 package; otherwise, it will start emacs-w32.exe if you've installed emacs-w32; otherwise, it will start emacs-nox.exe.

2. Install emacs-X11 if you want to use the X11 GUI. You can then type 'emacs&' in an xterm window, and emacs will start in a new window.

3. Install emacs-w32 if you want to use the native Windows GUI instead of X11.

4. If you have sshd running and want to be able to run emacs-X11 from a remote machine, you need to enable X11 forwarding by adding the following line to /etc/sshd_config:

X11Forwarding yes

5. The script /usr/bin/make-emacs-shortcut can be used to create a shortcut for starting emacs. See /usr/share/doc/emacs/README.Cygwin for details.

Ken Brown
Cygwin emacs maintainer


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