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Re: OT: native emacs on android

From: Richard Riley
Subject: Re: OT: native emacs on android
Date: Fri, 09 Sep 2011 11:45:19 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Jonathan Groll <> writes:

> On Thu, 8 Sep 2011 20:41:52 +0200, dejfson <> wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> i'm thinking to buy a tablet-like device. One of the candidates would be
>> either eee transformer with keyboard, or samsung galaxy tab 10.1. I could see
>> a big
>> potential in eee because of its keyboard. However in order to fully use the
>> keyboard to be 'productive' a native emacs would be required (so I can write
>> latex files etc...).
>> My question is then, does somebody already provide emacs natively for 
>> android?
>> So far I've seen only recipies of type 'put there debian and install emacs
>> using apt-get'.
>> of course this is of no way as i'd like to stick with original android.
>> any experience?
> Since this is a tablet, one can assume you've got another machine? And
> if so, then why not simply run Emacs on that other machine and
> interact with it from the tablet using X/VNC etc. Not ideal if you're
> away.
> I quite happily use Emacs on the commandline via connectbot (ssh) with
> Emacs running on a machine at home. Biggest problem is lack of
> dedicated CTRL and META keys and that Swype doesn't interact well with
> emacs commands.
> Also, whilst it is necessary to root the device to install Linux (and
> hence Emacs) inside a chroot, it is not necessary to replace the
> original android from my understanding.

I thought Android was Linux? Or is it to do with the apps needing to run
in some android specific vm/sandbox that needs to be overcome?

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