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Re: [Orgmode] [PROPOSAL] Quick and easy installation instructions

From: John Hendy
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] [PROPOSAL] Quick and easy installation instructions
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2010 09:51:05 -0500

On Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 8:33 AM, Dan Davison <address@hidden> wrote:
I think that the documentation concerning installation should be made
more user-friendly. My impression is that the Org manual makes all this
sound much harder than it needs to be, and I suspect that this is an
entry-barrier for new Org users. For example, the first thing users
encounter in the manual section is an instruction to edit a Makefile.

I suggest we provide a "quick and easy installation" section to the

Very cool idea! This would probably get quite redundant... but I wonder about "extras" as well. Early in my Org-mode experience I would see "cool" things like ditaa or gnuplot and want to get set up. While there are often references to other documentation sets, I won't say that things were exactly easy. Anyway, again this will be somewhat redundant since other groups maintain their own documentation, but I could see a good in keeping some kind of Worg section on "modular functionality" with some help for that?



Example quick and Easy installation text:

1. Download the latest version
  .zip and .tar.gz version are kept at

2. Extract the archived files
  This will create a folder called "org-mode". Let's say that the
  location of this folder is "~/path/to/org-mode" (for Windows see
  footnote [1])

3. Add the following lines to your .emacs file (note that we're pointing
  to the "lisp" folder *within* the main "org-mode" folder):

  (setq load-path (cons "~/path/to/org-mode/lisp" load-path)
  (require 'org-install)

That's it. However, this will not install the latest info files, so
these will be out of date (corresponding to whatever version of Org
shipped with your emacs). See XXXX for instructions on installing the
info files.

Now, Emacs should load whatever version of Org-mode you put at
"~/path/to/org-mode". So to update Org in the future, simply delete that
folder and replace it with a new one (steps 1 and 2 above).


[1] On Windows, this path might look something like

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