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- From: Ken Brown <kbrown at cornell dot edu>
- To: cygwin-announce at cygwin dot com
- Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:44:17 -0400
- Subject: emacs 25.3-1
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The following packages have been uploaded to the Cygwin distribution:
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 is an update to the latest upstream release. It is an emergency
release to fix a security vulnerability. See
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 use the 'alternatives' system to 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. Similar remarks apply to
If you have installed both emacs-w32 and emacs-X11 and prefer to
give higher priority to emacs-w32, run the script
You can later restore emacs-X11 as the default by running
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
3. Install emacs-w32 if you want to use the native Windows GUI instead
4. If you use the Emacs Rmail library, consider installing Cygwin's
mailutils package. It provides a utility /usr/bin/movemail.exe
that has more features and is more secure than the version provided
by emacs (and installed under /usr/libexec/emacs).
If you use the Emacs MH-E library, consider installing Cygwin's
mailutils-mh package. To use it, put the line
in your site-start.el or ~/.emacs file.
5. 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:
You might also need to have the cygserver service running.
6. 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.
Cygwin's Emacs maintainer