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Re: Precompiled Emacs

From: David Engster
Subject: Re: Precompiled Emacs
Date: Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:26:44 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.130008 (Ma Gnus v0.8) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii writes:
>> From: David Engster <>
>> Date: Mon, 04 Nov 2013 20:29:16 +0100
>> Well, I was surprised to see that compiling Emacs 23.2 is already a
>> problem, given that it was released in 2010, which isn't *that* old, and
>> Debian isn't exactly what one would call a bleeding edge distribution.
> Unfortunately, it's a sad reality.  If you want to be able to build
> old versions reliably, you need to keep the tools you used back then.

Even that's not enough, I'm afraid. I was able to build Emacs 23.2
eventually, but it isn't working properly. When I start it up in a TTY,
it doesn't accept any keyboard input and consumes 100% CPU. It works in
batch-mode for byte-compilation, at least (though cannot spawn any
processes there...).

I even compiled Emacs 23.2 on an old box still running Debian 6, and it
runs fine there, but when I copied it over to Debian 7, it shows the
same broken behavior, so I guess it's a problem with some shared lib.
It's not a big issue, but if I'd be really rigorous about testing with
old versions, I'd probably need to run it in a virtual machine with
Debian 6...


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