Updated: emacs*-24.2.90-1 (TEST)

Ken Brown kbrown@cornell.edu
Sun Dec 2 12:55:00 GMT 2012

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 

Ken Brown
Cygwin emacs maintainer

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