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Re: Android port of Emacs

From: Gregory Heytings
Subject: Re: Android port of Emacs
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2023 13:55:01 +0000

FWIW, I tried to use [Emacs on Android via Termux:X11] but found it unbearable. I can't remember all the annoyances, but there were many, and AFAIK there is no way for *us* to fix them. [...] I have currently no incentive to contribute bug reports to that project.

I was not suggesting that you should report bugs to Termux:X11, I was asking for something more detailed than "unbearable", which contradicts what others said in this thread.

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Do you really have nothing more concrete than "unbearable"?

Also, is it not possible that between the moment you tried to use Termux:X11 (which started only four years ago and is under active development) and now, it has improved, perhaps significantly so?

Also, I hope you realize that with the feature/android port you need to compile all external programs you need from their sources.

Not if/when it's distributed/installed as part of Termux :-)

What do you mean? We're discussing the feature/android branch, not some hypothetical variant of it. For that branch, you need to compile all external programs you need from their sources, see e.g. https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/help-gnu-emacs/2023-07/msg00152.html.

What I guess you mean, and what would indeed be possible in theory, is to build that branch as an app that shares the same user id as the Termux app... but that in turn means that it needs to be signed with the same certificate as the Termux app. So you'd have to convince the Termux developers to do that (why would they put that on their shoulders?), or alternatively to convince the F-Droid maintainers to do that. In both cases that Emacs would depend on the goodwill of another project to remain available.

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