emacs-24.3.1 crashes on talking to Google

Ken Brown kbrown@cornell.edu
Wed Aug 28 15:15:00 GMT 2013

On 8/28/2013 9:50 AM, Zdzislaw Meglicki wrote:
> Ken Brown wrote:
>     > What's the exact error message?
>     > And can you reproduce this starting with 'emacs -Q'?
> Yes, the error shows when emacs is started with -Q. Here it is:
> $ emacs-x11 -Q
> ** (emacs-x11:32728): WARNING **: Error retrieving accessibility bus address: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NoReply: Did not receive a reply.
> Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply,
> the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired,
> or the network connection was broken.

This is a harmless warning, which sometimes occurs.  (I don't know when 
or why.  It comes from atk.  You can apparently suppress it with "export 


> Then Ken wrote:
>     > It looks like you're using at least one obsolete variable.
>     > I suggest you start by reading the emacs documentation
>     > on smtpmail, especially the section on authentication.
> Indeed. I see many changes compared to emacs-21. Not only is
> smtpmail-auth-credentials obsolete. smtpmail-starttls-credentials
> is obsolete too. Yes, this part of my .emacs code will have to be
> rewritten.
> A suggestion to Emacs/Cygwin maintainers/developers: please, give
> us an example of a working up-to-date .emacs code for making emacs
> send e-mail through Google. It's a popular way of doing it nowadays.

This is not specific to Cygwin.  If it belongs anywhere, it should be in 
the emacs manual.  I just looked at the section "Emacs speaks SMTP" in 
the smtpmail documentation, and the instructions look pretty clear to 
me.  What happens if you follow those instructions, replacing 
"mail.example.org" with "smtp.gmail.com"?  If there's anything 
Cygwin-specific that goes wrong, then I'll try to fix it or add 
something to /usr/share/doc/emacs/README.Cygwin, whatever is appropriate.


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