Commit 9a00bed5 authored by Glenn Morris's avatar Glenn Morris

* etc/PROBLEMS: Remove yet more old stuff; more small edits

parent 05834033
Known Problems with GNU Emacs
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** Emacs crashes when running in a terminal, if compiled with GCC 4.5.0
This version of GCC is buggy: see
You can work around this error in gcc-4.5 by omitting sibling call
......@@ -156,8 +155,8 @@ If your tar has this problem, install GNU tar--if you can manage to
untar it :-).
** Emacs can crash when displaying PNG images with transparency.
This is due to a bug introduced in ImageMagick 6.8.2-3. The bug
should be fixed in ImageMagick 6.8.3-10. Please see Bug#13867.
This is due to a bug introduced in ImageMagick 6.8.2-3. The bug should
be fixed in ImageMagick 6.8.3-10. See <URL:>.
** Crashes when displaying GIF images in Emacs built with version
libungif-4.1.0 are resolved by using version libungif-4.1.0b1.
......@@ -310,17 +309,6 @@ You are probably using a shell that doesn't support job control, even
though the system itself is capable of it. Either use a different shell,
or set the variable `cannot-suspend' to a non-nil value.
*** With M-x enable-flow-control, you need to type C-\ twice
to do incremental search--a single C-\ gets no response.
This has been traced to communicating with your machine via kermit,
with C-\ as the kermit escape character. One solution is to use
another escape character in kermit. One user did
set escape-character 17
in his .kermrc file, to make C-q the kermit escape character.
** Mailers and other helper programs
*** movemail compiled with POP support can't connect to the POP server.
......@@ -991,7 +979,7 @@ to happen in *.UTF-8 locales; zh_CN.GB2312 and zh_CN.GBK locales, for
example, work fine. A bug report has been filed in the Gnome
*** Gnome: Emacs' xterm-mouse-mode doesn't work on the Gnome terminal.
*** Gnome: Emacs's xterm-mouse-mode doesn't work on the Gnome terminal.
A symptom of this bug is that double-clicks insert a control sequence
into the buffer. The reason this happens is an apparent
......@@ -1153,7 +1141,7 @@ be carried out at the same time:
1) If you don't need X Input Methods (XIM) for entering text in some
language you use, you can improve performance on WAN links by using
the X resource useXIM to turn off use of XIM. This does not affect
the use of Emacs' own input methods, which are part of the Leim
the use of Emacs's own input methods, which are part of the Leim
2) If the connection is very slow, you might also want to consider
......@@ -1619,7 +1607,7 @@ global-font-lock-mode RET" or by customizing the variable
** Unexpected characters inserted into the buffer when you start Emacs.
See eg
See e.g. <URL:>
This can happen when you start Emacs in -nw mode in an Xterm.
For example, in the *scratch* buffer, you might see something like:
......@@ -1658,7 +1646,7 @@ exec 2> >(exec cat >&2 2>/dev/null)
exec ssh "$@"
*** GNU/Linux: Truncated svn annotate output with SSH.
The symptoms are: you are accessing a svn repository over SSH.
You use vc-annotate on a large (several thousand line) file, and the
......@@ -1670,13 +1658,6 @@ A similar workaround seems to be effective: create a script with the
same contents as the one used above for CVS_RSH, and set the SVN_SSH
environment variable to point to it.
*** GNU/Linux: On Linux-based GNU systems using libc versions 5.4.19 through
5.4.22, Emacs crashes at startup with a segmentation fault.
This problem happens if libc defines the symbol __malloc_initialized.
One known solution is to upgrade to a newer libc version. 5.4.33 is
known to work.
*** GNU/Linux: After upgrading to a newer version of Emacs,
the Meta key stops working.
......@@ -1774,15 +1755,6 @@ produce a modified terminfo entry.
Alternatively, if you want a blinking underscore as your Emacs cursor,
change the "cvvis" capability to send the "\E[?25h\E[?0c" command.
*** GNU/Linux: Error messages `internal facep []' happen on GNU/Linux systems.
There is a report that replacing with
caused this to start happening. People are not sure why, but the
problem seems unlikely to be in Emacs itself. Some suspect that it
is actually Xlib which won't work with
Using the old library version is a workaround.
** FreeBSD
*** FreeBSD 2.1.5: useless symbolic links remain in /tmp or other
......@@ -2039,7 +2011,7 @@ To support server sockets, Emacs 22.1 loads ws2_32.dll. If this file
is missing, all Emacs networking features are disabled.
Old versions of Windows 95 may not have the required DLL. To use
Emacs' networking features on Windows 95, you must install the
Emacs's networking features on Windows 95, you must install the
"Windows Socket 2" update available from MicroSoft's support Web.
** Emacs exits with "X protocol error" when run with an X server for MS-Windows.
......@@ -2247,7 +2219,7 @@ combination, whenever it sees Right-Alt and Left-Ctrl it assumes that
AltGr has been pressed. The variable `w32-recognize-altgr' can be set
to nil to tell Emacs that AltGr is really Ctrl and Alt.
** Under some X-servers running on MS-Windows, Emacs' display is incorrect.
** Under some X-servers running on MS-Windows, Emacs's display is incorrect.
The symptoms are that Emacs does not completely erase blank areas of the
screen during scrolling or some other screen operations (e.g., selective
......@@ -2271,19 +2243,6 @@ If you do, please send it to so we can list it here.
** Configuration
*** The `configure' script doesn't find the jpeg library.
There are reports that this happens on some systems because the linker
by default only looks for shared libraries, but jpeg distribution by
default only installs a nonshared version of the library, `libjpeg.a'.
If this is the problem, you can configure the jpeg library with the
`--enable-shared' option and then rebuild libjpeg. This produces a
shared version of libjpeg, which you need to install. Finally, rerun
the Emacs configure script, which should now find the jpeg library.
Alternatively, modify the generated src/Makefile to link the .a file
explicitly, and edit src/config.h to define HAVE_JPEG.
*** `configure' warns ``accepted by the compiler, rejected by the preprocessor''.
This indicates a mismatch between the C compiler and preprocessor that
......@@ -2494,10 +2453,6 @@ and you need to add -lansi just before -lc.
The precise file names depend on the compiler version, so we
cannot easily arrange to supply them.
*** Linking says that the functions insque and remque are undefined.
Change oldXMenu/Makefile by adding insque.o to the variable OBJS.
*** `tparam' reported as a multiply-defined symbol when linking with ncurses.
This problem results from an incompatible change in ncurses, in
......@@ -2518,7 +2473,8 @@ with development builds, since the .elc files are pre-compiled in releases.
Compiling the lisp files fails at random places, complaining:
"No rule to make target `/path/to/some/lisp.elc'".
The causes of this problem are not understood. Using GNU make 3.81 compiled
from source, rather than the Ubuntu version, worked. See Bug#327,821.
from source, rather than the Ubuntu version, worked.
See <URL:, <URL:>.
** Dumping
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