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Re: [ANNOUNCE] Emacs 26.1 released

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCE] Emacs 26.1 released
Date: Thu, 31 May 2018 08:07:01 -0500 (CDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.20 (GSO 67 2015-01-07)

On Thu, 31 May 2018, Robert Pluim wrote:

Bob Friesenhahn <address@hidden> writes:

Version 26.1 of the Emacs text editor is now available.

I tried configuring this new Emacs like

./configure '--with-xwidgets'

on a somewhat old (but still supported) Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release but
encounter this error:

configure:12632: checking for WEBKIT
configure:12639: $PKG_CONFIG --exists --print-errors "$WEBKIT_MODULES"
Package webkit2gtk-4.0 was not found in the pkg-config search path.
Perhaps you should add the directory containing `webkit2gtk-4.0.pc'
to the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable
No package 'webkit2gtk-4.0' found

There was no mention in the release notes that versions still in heavy
use were being abandoned and that Emacs could only be built on
brand-new Linux releases.

Thatʼs a somewhat unfair statement: emacs 26 works fine on Ubuntu
14.04 as far as I know, itʼs just the xwidgets support that doesnʼt,
so in no way is there any 'abandonment' going on.

The change should perhaps have been mentioned in NEWS, but I believe
xwidgets is still classed as experimental, so perhaps not.

I removed the 'xwidgets' request and then emacs compiles and runs fine. This is good since I must use this Ubuntu version for the moment.

The hard configure error which does not indicate to the user what corrective action should be taken (other than looking in config.log) is not good.

If there are specific package versions required, then they should be listed in the installation documentation.

Bob Friesenhahn
address@hidden, http://www.simplesystems.org/users/bfriesen/
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,    http://www.GraphicsMagick.org/

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