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Re: Build emacs on debian

From: hubert
Subject: Re: Build emacs on debian
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 21:52:46 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

On Sun, 06 Apr 2014 21:28:23 -0400, Harry Putnam <address@hidden> said:

> hubert <address@hidden> writes:
>> On Sun, 06 Apr 2014 19:49:51 -0400, Harry Putnam <address@hidden>
>> said:
>>> Oddly that ended poorly.... not sure why: sudo apt-get build-dep
>>> emacs24
>>> Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state
>>> information... Done E: You must put some 'source' URIs in your
>>> sources.list
>>> I'm pretty sure I don't need source pkgs to build emacs so must be
>>> something else going on.
>> It needs the deb-src urls so that it can fetch the source package
>> description to install the build dependencies.  If you don't want to
>> add the deb-src urls, then you can download the dsc file manually.
>> Just go to, and click on the
>> .dsc file listed on the right-hand side.  Then look at the
>> Build-Depends line.  That's a list of all the packages that are
>> needed to build.

> One thing on that: The list does not mention xorg-dev.  Apparently
> that would mean that xorg-dev is not a dependency then eh?

xorg-dev is a metapackage that installs a bunch of other development
packages, so no, it is not strictly needed.

One of the build dependencies is libxaw7-dev, which in turn depends on
libx11-dev (and others), and another build-dependency is libgtk-3-dev,
which also depends on other X development packages, so you're probably

Of course, if you want to compile a front-end that isn't included in the
Debian build (e.g. GNUstep or GTK+2), then you may need to install other
development packages.

I forgot to mention that you may also install the build-essential
package (though it may be unnecessary if you've already got its
dependencies installed).

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