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Re: How many use eMacs and Gnus on daily basis?

From: Glyn Millington
Subject: Re: How many use eMacs and Gnus on daily basis?
Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2006 09:09:44 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.1007 (Gnus v5.10.7) XEmacs/21.4.19 (linux)

notbob <address@hidden> writes:

> I don't use emacs for everything, but it's very good for some things.
> It's a great file manager and editor.  I used to prefer jed as my
> editor, but recently discovered emacs highlights .foorc files,
> something jed doesn't.  OTOH, I don't like gnus over slrn.  I've been
> told a million times it can be configured to do everything slrn can,
> and more.  But, I'm not into spending 12.8% of my remaining lifetime
> learning how.  

Customising Gnus and/or (X)Emacs is addictive :-) Great sport for that
time of life when rock-climbing or sumo-wrestling are no longer an option
but you need to fight off senility by any available means ... 

> And what's with xemacs?  I downloaded and discovered all the usual apps
> I was expecting are now optional add ons requiring more time scaling
> the curve to learn how.  

Download the latest xemacs packages bundle and the mule bundle (multi-lingual
stuff) (both called sumo! the first is about 23MB) from      or your friendly neighbourhood

extract them in /usr/local/lib/xemacs and you should get two directories

xemacs-packages and mule-packages

XEmacs will find them when you restart.

Some packages like Dired will work out of the box.  Some you will have
to start up from your ~/.xemacs/init.el file, the XEmacs equivalent of

C-h i will get you into the info reader and you can usually find the code
for starting your desired package by reading the relevant entry.  There
is masses of good documentation.

You can keep your packages up to date with the package handling system -
that's another story, documented here

This is no worse than getting slrn and jed to play is it? :-)

> Not now.  Maybe later.

Fair enough!



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