Commit 3ad0c616 authored by Jason Rumney's avatar Jason Rumney

Update URLs and advice about unpacking gzipped tar files.

parent eab17b5d
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leim-21.3-src.tar.gz
* Distributions in multi-file .zip format
A second distribution in the form of multiple small .zip files is also
provided, for the benefit of people who have unreliable internet
connections, or who need to copy the distribution onto floppy disks:
em213b*.zip
This is equivalent to getting emacs-21.3-bin-i386.tar.gz above.
The lisp source is available as em213l*.zip.
* Distributions for non-x86 platforms
I try to make this port available for all platforms supported by
Windows (it should build on all supported Windows NT/9x platforms).
However, I do not always have access to non-x86 platforms, and so I
cannot guarantee to provide precompiled distributions for the other
platforms myself. If you find there are no binaries for your
platform, and you have access to a Microsoft compiler, then you can
download the source and compile Emacs yourself (and, if you do, please
consider contributing your executables; send me mail and we can make
arrangements for making them available on this ftp server.)
Distributions for non-x86 platforms are no longer supplied. Older
platforms supported by Windows NT no longer seem to be in demand,
and Emacs is yet to be ported to 64bit Windows platforms. If you are
willing to help port Emacs to 64bit versions of Emacs, your
contribution will be welcome on the emacs-devel mailing list.
* Unpacking distributions
Programs for handling the distribution file formats can be found in
the utilities directory:
Ports of GNU gzip and GNU tar for handling the distribution file
formats can be found in several places that distribute ports of GNU
programs, for example:
http://mirrors.sunsite.dk/gnu/windows/emacs/utilities/
Cygwin: http://www.cygwin.com/
GnuWin32: http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/
For gzipped tar files, you will need either gunzip.exe and tar.exe
together, or djtarnt.exe. djtarnt.exe can also unpack .zip files. I
strongly urge you to use these utilities since they were the ones used
to create the distributions; the most common problem people have in
trying to get Emacs to run is due to some other utility program
corrupting the distribution while unpacking.
Many other popular file compression utilities for Windows are also
able to handle gzipped tar files.
Open a command prompt (MSDOS) window. Decide on a directory in which
to place Emacs. Move the distribution to that directory, and then
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You may be prompted to rename or overwrite directories when using
djtarnt: simply type return to continue (this is harmless).
If you have the multi-file .zip distribution, use djtarnt to unpack
all of the .zip files:
% djtarnt -x *.zip
Once you have unpacked a precompiled distribution of Emacs, it should
have the following subdirectories:
bin etc info lisp lock site-lisp
If your utility failed to create the lock directory, then you can
simply create it by hand (it is initially empty).
One final step is needed only when installing from the multi-file .zip
distribution, in order to recreate emacs.exe from its fragments (it is
too big to fit on a floppy even when zipped):
% cd emacs-21.3\bin
% stitch
bin etc info lisp site-lisp
* Unpacking with other tools
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the following to be sure the distribution was not corrupted:
+ Be sure to disable the CR/LF translation or the executables will be
unusable. Older versions of WinZipNT would enable this translation
by default. If you are using WinZipNT, disable it. (I don't have
WinZipNT myself, and I do not know the specific commands necessary
unusable. Older versions of WinZip would enable this translation
by default. If you are using WinZip, disable it. (I don't have
WinZip myself, and I do not know the specific commands necessary
to disable it.)
+ Check that filenames were not truncated to 8.3. For example, there
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abbrevli.el, your distribution has been corrupted while unpacking
and Emacs will not start.
+ I've been told that some utilities (WinZip again?) don't create the
lock subdirectory. The lock subdirectory needs to be created.
+ I've also had reports that the "gnu-win32" port of tar corrupts the
executables. Use the version of tar or djtarnt in the utilities
directory instead.
+ I've also had reports that some older "gnuwin32" port of tar
corrupts the executables. Use the latest version from the gnuwin32
site or another port of tar instead.
If you believe you have unpacked the distributions correctly and are
still encountering problems, see the section on Further Information
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If you would like to compile Emacs from source, download the source
distribution, unpack it in the same manner as a precompiled
distribution, and look in the file nt/INSTALL for detailed directions.
You can either use the Microsoft compiler included with Visual C++, or
GCC 2.95 or later with MinGW support, to compile the source. The port
of GCC included in Cygwin is supported, but check the nt/INSTALL file
if you have trouble since some builds of GNU make aren't supported.
distribution, and look in the file nt/INSTALL for detailed
directions. You can either use the Microsoft compiler included with
Visual C++ 2003 or earlier, or GCC 2.95 or later with MinGW support,
to compile the source. The port of GCC included in Cygwin is
supported, but check the nt/INSTALL file if you have trouble since
some builds of GNU make aren't supported.
* Further information
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Enjoy!
Andrew Innes
(andrewi@gnu.org)
Jason Rumney
(jasonr@gnu.org)
Most of this README was contributed by former maintainer Andrew Innes
(andrewi@gnu.org)
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