Commit 00156f95 authored by Glenn Morris's avatar Glenn Morris

Make some files in etc obsolete

These are old copies of online information that is not Emacs-specific.

Replace contents with pointers to or, mark obsolete.

* src/callproc.c (init_callproc): In etc, look for NEWS rather than GNU.

* lisp/startup.el (fancy-startup-text):
* lisp/help.el (describe-gnu-project): Visit online info about GNU project.

* doc/emacs/help.texi (Help Files): Update C-h g description.

* doc/misc/efaq.texi (Informational files for Emacs): Do not mention etc/GNU.

* admin/notes/copyright: Remove references to these files.

* etc/MACHINES, etc/NEWS.19: Replace references to these files.
parent 10211d43
......@@ -161,13 +161,6 @@ etc/letter.pbm,letter.xpm
- trivial (at time of writing), no license needed
rms: "These are statements of opinion or testimony. Their licenses
should permit verbatim copying only. Please don't change the
licenses that they have. They are distributed with Emacs but they
are not part of Emacs."
standard notices. Just a note that although the file itself is not
really copyrightable, in the wider context of it being part of
2014-03-22 Glenn Morris <>
* help.texi (Help Files): Update C-h g description.
2014-03-16 Dmitry Gutov <>
* programs.texi (Matching): Update the missed spot. (Bug#17008)
......@@ -605,7 +605,8 @@ Display information about where to get external packages
@item C-h C-f
Display the Emacs frequently-answered-questions list (@code{view-emacs-FAQ}).
@item C-h g
Display information about the GNU Project (@code{describe-gnu-project}).
Visit a @uref{} page with information about the GNU
Project (@code{describe-gnu-project}).
@item C-h C-m
Display information about ordering printed copies of Emacs manuals
2014-03-22 Glenn Morris <>
* efaq.texi (Informational files for Emacs): Do not mention etc/GNU.
2014-03-21 Glenn Morris <>
* ede.texi (ede-linux):
......@@ -883,9 +883,6 @@ GNU General Public License
Emacs Availability Information
@item GNU
The GNU Manifesto
Status of Emacs on Various Machines and Systems
Censoring my Software
Richard Stallman
[From Datamation, 1 March 1996]
Censoring my Software
Note added March 2014:
Last summer, a few clever legislators proposed a bill to "prohibit
pornography" on the Internet. Last fall, right-wing Christians made
this cause their own. Last week, President Clinton signed the bill,
and we lost the freedom of the press for the public library of the
future. This week, I'm censoring GNU Emacs.
This file is obsolete and will be removed in future.
Please update any references to use
No, GNU Emacs does not contain pornography. It is a software package,
an award-winning extensible and programmable text editor. But the law
that was passed applies to far more than pornography. It prohibits
"indecent" speech, which can include anything from famous poems, to
masterpieces hanging in the Louvre, to advice about safe
Naturally, there was a lot of opposition to this bill. Not only from
people who use the Internet, and people who appreciate erotica, but
from everyone who cares about freedom of the press.
But every time we tried to tell the public what was at stake, the
forces of censorship responded with a lie: they told the public that
the issue was simply pornography. By embedding this lie as a
presupposition in their statements about the issue, they succeeded in
misinforming the public. So here I am, censoring my software.
You see, Emacs contains a version of the famous "doctor program",
a.k.a. Eliza, originally developed by Professor Weizenbaum at MIT.
This is the program that imitates a Rogerian psychotherapist. The
user talks to the program, and the program responds--by playing back
the user's own statements, and by recognizing a long list of
particular words.
The Emacs doctor program was set up to recognize many common curse
words, and respond with an appropriately cute message such as, "Would
you please watch your tongue?" or "Let's not be vulgar." In order to
do this, it had to have a list of curse words. That means the source
code for the program was indecent.
Because of the censorship law, I had to remove this feature. (I
replaced it with a message announcing that the program has been
censored for your protection.) The new version of the doctor doesn't
recognize the indecent words. If you curse at it, it curses right
back to you--for lack of knowing better.
Now that people are facing the threat of two years in prison for
indecent network postings, it would be helpful if they could access
precise rules via the Internet for how to avoid imprisonment.
However, this is impossible. The rules would have to mention the
forbidden words, so posting them on the Internet would be against the
Of course, I'm making an assumption about just what "indecent" means.
I have to do this, because nobody knows for sure. The most obvious
possible meaning is the meaning it has for television, so I'm using
that as a tentative assumption. However, there is a good chance that
our courts will reject that interpretation of the law as
We can hope that the courts will recognize the Internet as a medium of
publication like books and magazines. If they do, they will entirely
reject any law prohibiting "indecent" publications on the Internet.
What really worries me is that the courts might take a muddled
in-between escape route--by choosing another interpretation of
"indecent", one that permits the doctor program or a statement of the
decency rules, but prohibits some of the books that children can
browse through in the public library and the bookstore. Over the
years, as the Internet replaces the public library and the bookstore,
some of our freedom of the press will be lost.
Just a few weeks ago, another country imposed censorship on the
Internet. That was China. We don't think well of China in this
country--its government doesn't respect basic freedoms. But how well
does our government respect them? And do you care enough to preserve
them here?
If you care, stay in touch with the Voters Telecommunications Watch.
Look in their Web site for background information
and political action recommendations. Censorship won in February, but
we can beat it in November.
Copyright 1996 Richard Stallman
Verbatim copying and distribution is permitted in any medium
provided this notice is preserved.
2014-03-22 Glenn Morris <>
contents with pointers to or, mark obsolete.
2014-03-14 Rüdiger Sonderfeld <>
* tutorials/ Adapt to recent changes in TUTORIAL.
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Linux and the GNU system
Linux and the GNU system
The GNU project started in 1984 with the goal of developing a complete
free Unix-like operating system: GNU. "Free" refers to freedom, not
price; it means you are free to run, copy, distribute, study, change,
and improve the software.
Note added March 2014:
A Unix-like system consists of many different programs. We found some
components already available as free software--for example, X Windows
and TeX. We obtained other components by helping to convince their
developers to make them free--for example, the Berkeley network
utilities. This left many missing components that we had to write in
order to produce GNU--for example, GNU Emacs, the GNU C compiler, the
GNU C library, Bash, and Ghostscript. The GNU system consists of all
these components together.
The GNU project is not just about developing and distributing some
useful free software. The heart of the GNU project is an idea: that
software should be free, that software users should have freedom to
participate in a community. To run your computer, you need an
operating system; if it is not free, your freedom has been denied. To
have freedom, you need a free operating system. We therefore set out
to write one.
In the long run, though, we cannot expect to keep the free operating
system free unless the users are aware of the freedom it gives them,
and value that freedom. People who do not appreciate their freedom
will not keep it long. If we want to make freedom last, we need to
spread awareness of the freedoms they have in free software.
The GNU project's method is that free software and the idea of users'
freedom support each other. We develop GNU software, and as people
encounter GNU programs or the GNU system and start to use them, they
also think about the GNU idea. The software shows that the idea can
work in practice. Some of these people come to agree with the idea,
and then they are more likely to write additional free software.
Thus, the software embodies the idea, spreads the idea, and grows from
the idea.
Early on in the development of GNU, various parts of it became popular
even though users needed proprietary systems to run them on. Porting
the system to many systems and maintaining them required a lot of
work. After that work, most GNU software is easily configured for a
variety of different platforms.
By 1991, we had found or written all of the essential major components
of the system except the kernel, which we were writing. (This kernel
consists of the Mach microkernel plus the GNU HURD. The first test
release was made in 1996. Now, in 2002, it is running well, and
Hurd-based GNU systems are starting to be used.)
That was the situation when Linux came into being. Linux is a kernel,
like the kernel of Unix; it was written by Linus Torvalds, who
released it under the GNU General Public License. He did not write
this kernel for GNU, but it fit into the gap in GNU. The combination
of GNU and Linux included all the major essential components of a
Unix-compatible operating system. Other people, with some work made
the combination into a usable system. The principal use of Linux, the
kernel, is as part of this combination.
The popularity of the GNU/Linux combination is success, in the sense
of popularity, for GNU. Ironically, the popularity of GNU/Linux
undermines our method of communicating the ideas of GNU to people who
use GNU.
When GNU programs were only usable individually on top of another
operating system, installing and using them meant knowing and
appreciating these programs, and thus being aware of GNU, which led
people to think about the philosophical base of GNU. Now users can
install a unified operating system which is basically GNU, but they
usually think these are "Linux systems". At first impression, a
"Linux system" sounds like something completely distinct from the "GNU
system," and that is what most users think.
This leads many users to identify themselves as a separate community
of "Linux users", distinct from the GNU user community. They use more
than just some GNU programs, they use almost all of the GNU system,
but they don't think of themselves as GNU users. Often they never
hear about the GNU idea; if they do, they may not think it relates to
Most introductions to the "Linux system" acknowledge that GNU software
components play a role in it, but they don't say that the system as a
whole is a modified version of the GNU system that the GNU project has
been developing and compiling since Linus Torvalds was in junior high
school. They don't say that the main reason this free operating
exists is that the GNU Project worked persistently to achieve its goal
of freedom.
As a result, most users don't know these things. They believe that
the "Linux system" was developed by Linus Torvalds "just for fun", and
that their freedom is a matter of good fortune rather than the
dedicated pursuit of freedom. This creates a danger that they will
leave the survival of free software to fortune as well.
Since human beings tend to correct their first impressions less than
called for by additional information they learn later, these users
will tend to continue to underestimate their connection to GNU even if
they do learn the facts.
When we began trying to support the GNU/Linux system, we found this
widespread misinformation led to a practical problem--it hampered
cooperation on software maintenance. Normally when users change a GNU
program to make it work better on a particular system, they send the
change to the maintainer of that program; then they work with the
maintainer, explaining the change, arguing for it, and sometimes
rewriting it for the sake of the overall coherence and maintainability
of the package, to get the patch installed. But people who thought of
themselves as "Linux users" showed a tendency to release a forked
"Linux-only" version of the GNU program and consider the job done. In
some cases we had to redo their work in order to make GNU programs run
as released in GNU/Linux systems.
How should the GNU project encourage its users to cooperate? How
should we spread the idea that freedom for computer users is
We must continue to talk about the freedom to share and change
software--and to teach other users to value these freedoms. If we
value having a free operating system, it makes sense to think about
preserving those freedoms for the long term. If we value having a
variety of free software, it makes sense to think about encouraging
others to write free software, instead of proprietary software.
However, it is not enough just to talk about freedom; we must also
make sure people know the reasons it is worth listening to what we
Long explanations such as our philosophical articles are one way of
informing the public, but you may not want to spend so much time on
the matter. The most effective way you can help with a small amount
of work is simply by using the terms "Linux-based GNU system" or
"GNU/Linux system", instead of "Linux system," when you write about or
mention such a system. Seeing these terms will show many people the
reason to pay attention to our philosophical articles.
The system as a whole is more GNU than Linux; the name "GNU/Linux" is
fair. When you are choosing the name of a distribution or a user
group, a name with "GNU/Linux" will reflect both roots of the combined
system, and will bring users into connection with both--including the
spirit of freedom and community that is the basis and purpose of GNU.
Copyright 1996, 2002 Richard Stallman
Verbatim copying and redistribution is permitted
without royalty as long as this notice is preserved.
This file is obsolete and will be removed in future.
Please update any references to use
......@@ -39,8 +39,8 @@ the list at the end of this file.
The GNU project wants users of GNU/Linux systems to be aware of how
these systems relate to the GNU project, because that will help
spread the GNU idea that software should be free--and thus encourage
people to write more free software. See the file LINUX-GNU in this
directory for more explanation.
people to write more free software. For more information, see
*** 64-bit GNU/Linux
......@@ -614,7 +614,7 @@ be different.
It is generally recommended to use `system-configuration' rather
than `system-type'.
See the file LINUX-GNU in this directory for more about this.
See <> for more about this.
** The functions shell-command and dired-call-process
now run file name handlers for default-directory, if it has them.
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* startup.el (fancy-startup-text):
* help.el (describe-gnu-project): Visit online info about GNU project.
* help-fns.el (help-fns--interactive-only): New function.
(help-fns-describe-function-functions): Add the above function.
* simple.el (beginning-of-buffer, end-of-buffer, insert-buffer)
;;; help.el --- help commands for Emacs
;; Copyright (C) 1985-1986, 1993-1994, 1998-2014 Free Software
;; Foundation, Inc.
;; Copyright (C) 1985-1986, 1993-1994, 1998-2014 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
;; Maintainer:
;; Keywords: help, internal
......@@ -293,10 +292,11 @@ If that doesn't give a function, return nil."
(view-help-file "COPYING"))
;; Maybe this command should just be removed.
(defun describe-gnu-project ()
"Display info on the GNU project."
"Browse online information on the GNU project."
(view-help-file "THE-GNU-PROJECT"))
(browse-url ""))
(define-obsolete-function-alias 'describe-project 'describe-gnu-project "22.2")
......@@ -1400,8 +1400,9 @@ If this is nil, no message will be displayed."
,(lambda (_button) (browse-url ""))
`("GNU" ,(lambda (_button) (describe-gnu-project))
"Display info on the GNU project")))
`("GNU" ,(lambda (_button)
(browse-url ""))
" operating system.\n\n"
:face variable-pitch
:link ("Emacs Tutorial" ,(lambda (_button) (help-with-tutorial)))
2014-03-22 Glenn Morris <>
* callproc.c (init_callproc): In etc, look for NEWS rather than GNU.
2014-03-22 Daniel Colascione <>
* process.c (conv_sockaddr_to_lisp): When extracting the string
names of AF_LOCAL sockets, stop before reading uninitialized
names of AF_LOCAL sockets, stop before reading uninitialized memory.
2014-03-21 YAMAMOTO Mitsuharu <>
......@@ -1617,13 +1617,13 @@ init_callproc (void)
srcdir = Fexpand_file_name (build_string ("../src/"), lispdir);
tem = Fexpand_file_name (build_string ("GNU"), Vdata_directory);
tem = Fexpand_file_name (build_string ("NEWS"), Vdata_directory);
tem1 = Ffile_exists_p (tem);
if (!NILP (Fequal (srcdir, Vinvocation_directory)) || NILP (tem1))
Lisp_Object newdir;
newdir = Fexpand_file_name (build_string ("../etc/"), lispdir);
tem = Fexpand_file_name (build_string ("GNU"), newdir);
tem = Fexpand_file_name (build_string ("NEWS"), newdir);
tem1 = Ffile_exists_p (tem);
if (!NILP (tem1))
Vdata_directory = newdir;
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