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bug#1333: 23.0; Emacs.app does not load ~/.emacs

From: Adrian Robert
Subject: bug#1333: 23.0; Emacs.app does not load ~/.emacs
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2009 00:03:48 +0200

On Mar 6, 2009, at 11:19 PM, Yavor Doganov wrote:

In general, I think that 99% of the problems for the GNUstep port are
due to CANNOT_DUMP.  Is there any other platform/system/whatever where
CANNOT_DUMP works (i.e. where it leads to an usable Emacs)?  My
general feeling is that this is the first port that is supposed to be
used in production, and the CANNOT_DUMP limitations simply cannot
provide that.

As I posted earlier on emacs-devel, fixing CANNOT_DUMP might be as simple as adding similar zone alloc commands to unexelf.c as in unexmacosx.c. (I wish I'd noticed this when I was working on GNUstep.) It might be possible to use unexnext as a simpler model (kept around until shortly after the merge). I haven't tried it myself due to no longer having access to a GNUstep compile environment and already having my hands full with OS X bugs. But if you or someone else wants to take a crack, I can provide assistance over email.

I agree with you about the low number of users. I think if Gurkan can (heroically) manage get the package in to Debian it will expand the user base, and hopefully at least slightly improve the number actually rolling up their sleeves and trying to fix things.


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