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Re: Failed to install auctex from within Emacs with straight.

From: Hongyi Zhao
Subject: Re: Failed to install auctex from within Emacs with straight.
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 21:37:53 +0800

On Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 2:48 PM Tassilo Horn <> wrote:
> Hongyi Zhao <> writes:
> Hi,
> > I'm on Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS, and use straight [1] as the Emacs package
> > manager. Now, I try to install auctex from within Emacs with straight,
> > but it always freezes at the configure stage.  I describe the detailed
> > test steps as follows.
> I've never used straight.el but the first thing I'd try was running
> ./configure in the checkout made by straight.el.  Does that finish?
> Then I'd try something like
>   (let ((default-directory "~/auctex-checkout"))
>     (call-process "~/auctex-checkout/configure" nil "*configure-output*" t))

I do another similar but more simple test, i.e., `C-x C-e' the
following code in *scratch* buffer:

 (let ((default-directory "~/auctex"))
    (call-process "ls ~/auctex/configure" nil "*configure-output*" t))

Then I meet the following error:

Debugger entered--Lisp error: (file-missing "Searching for program"
"No such file or directory" "ls ~/auctex/configure")
  call-process("ls ~/auctex/configure" nil "*configure-output*" t)
  (let ((default-directory "~/auctex")) (call-process "ls
~/auctex/configure" nil "*configure-output*" t))
  (progn (let ((default-directory "~/auctex")) (call-process "ls
~/auctex/configure" nil "*configure-output*" t)))
  eval((progn (let ((default-directory "~/auctex")) (call-process "ls
~/auctex/configure" nil "*configure-output*" t))) t)
  funcall-interactively(eval-last-sexp nil)
  call-interactively(eval-last-sexp nil nil)

But the file clearly exists:

$ ls ~/auctex/configure

Where did I go wrong?

Best, Hongyi

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