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Re: just now made an emacs (on gnome). Problem: thinks I'm vt100 or some

From: David Combs
Subject: Re: just now made an emacs (on gnome). Problem: thinks I'm vt100 or something!
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2011 01:40:31 +0000 (UTC)

In article <address@hidden>,
Tim X  <address@hidden> wrote:
>address@hidden (David Combs) writes:
>> Just made an emacs (23.1) on Solaris 10 sparc.  Was
>> using gnome when I did it.
>> ./configure  ... ... --with-gif=no  ...
>> Now, I thought that the use for libgif (or giflib?) was
>> so that you could show *photographs*, things like that.
>> (I used the with-gif=no because, on comp.unix.solaris,  that was 
>> how I was told to do the configure.)
>> Anyway, that and the make (gmake) worked ok.
>> And when I actually ran the newly-built emacs (in ../src/),
>> hooray!, I finally had an emacs on this otherwise naked machine.
>> But it sure didn't look like the ntemacs I'm running on xp,
>> with the large fancy colorful "script" EMACS it showed on
>> starting up.
>> No such luck.  What I got was like 30 years ago emacs running
>> on an ADM-3a or vt-100: took no advantage of the gnome gui
>> it was running under.
>> Question: could that "no gif" do that?  (I hope not!)
>> So, what might I have done wrong?
>> ---
>> I was executing it from terminal-window's tcsh command-line,
>> rather than by clicking an icon.  SURELY that has nothing
>> to do with it -- but do tell me if I'm wrong.
>Not sure why you have been told not to include gif support, but it
>should have nothing to do with the issues you have observed. 
>Sounds like you did a non-X build. Look at the output from configure and
>make sure it includes X and an appropriate GUI lib such as gtk+ (given
>your running gnome) or one of the older X gui libs.
>Note also that the fancy 'Emacs' coloured startup screen may not appear
>if you don't have the appropriate fonts or have set a font that prevents
>emacs from drawing that flashier initial screen. In this case, yhou will
>just get a very plain startup screen that looks very similar to the one
>for non-GUI versions. 
>The output from configure is the first place to look when tyring to
>determine why a newly compiled emacs isn't looking right. Pay particular
>attention to the font related stuff as you want anti-aliased fonts and
>that an appropriate X library is being included. 
>BTW, isn't the latest released 23 version 23.2? Probably should be
>building that version rather than one with known bugs.
>tcross (at) rapttech dot com dot au

Maybe, but it's sure gotta be better than 21 or even 22,


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