Updated: emacs-24.3.91-1 [TEST]
Tue Jun 24 02:41:00 GMT 2014
The following packages have been updated in the Cygwin distribution as
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 another pretest of the upcoming emacs-24.4, replacing the
current pretest (24.3.90-1). It is built from a snapshot of the
upstream release branch as of yesterday.
This release includes a fix for the bug reported in
as well as a workaround for the bug reported here:
The workaround consists of disabling a feature that uses Glib to check
for file modifications. Although the reported bug affected only 32-bit
Cygwin, I made the change on 64-bit Cygwin also, on the off chance that
it might reduce the number of crashes that people are getting on that
platform. If you have been seeing such crashes, please test the new
release and let me know if you see any improvement.
As with the previous test release, I have built the binaries without
optimization to simplify debugging.
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 emacsclient.
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 window.
3. Install emacs-w32 if you want to use the native Windows GUI instead
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:
You might also need to have the cygserver service running.
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
6. The default font for emacs-w32 is not very attractive in my opinion.
See /usr/share/doc/emacs/README.Cygwin for hints as to how to change it.
Cygwin's emacs maintainer
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