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Re: Emacs on OS X - configuration package

From: Arjan Bos
Subject: Re: Emacs on OS X - configuration package
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 20:50:28 +0100
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David Reitter wrote:


In November 2003, I asked a couple of questions regarding how to get Emacs to integrate into Mac OS X, for example to display only one frame per buffer. Quite a few people got back to me about that, thanks.

I have compiled a series of packages to work with Andrew Choi's port and decided to release it, even though it is far from perfect. Mac users can find my configuration package at

I am using this with a recent built from source; I have a link (and a mirror) of binaries from mindlube on the page for your convenience.

Mmm, I can see that this is a wonderful effort. However, I'm not entirely sure whether I like it or not. The point is that I work in a multi OS environment, and on every environment (KDE, NT4, OS X 10.3) the graphical user interface guidelines are different. Emacs however always lets me type C-x s or C-xC-f or, to close a window, C-x 5 o. So I do not have to reprogram my fingers between <ctrl>-F4 or Command-W to close a window.

As a matter of fact, when using NT4, I find myself pressing windows-s to save a file.

So for me, the current configuration of emacs is ideal.

And you're right in stating that the one true editor is better configurable and cheaper to obtain than BBEdit, so your effort might put more people on their way to enlightment ;-)

By the way, did you know that Andrew's patches are in the emacs cvs repository?

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