Emacs on OpenSolaris
By Bill Rushmore III on Jul 10, 2008
One thing that right now that is missing from OpenSolaris and its repository is Emacs. At least for me Emacs is one of things that has to part of my desktop system. The fact that it isn't there is not an issue because traditionally I build Emacs right from CVS. I like to live life on the edge!
Building Emacs on Solaris used to require some special steps to get the job done. Fortunately with OpenSolaris it just builds right from CVS (as of today at least), all the I needed to do was was add "--with-gif=no" parameter to "configure" since the gif libraries are not on OpenSolaris. There is only one issue with the default settings for building on OpenSolaris, the menus look "retro" like it came right out of Openwin desktop! So I guess Emacs still need some fiddling to make it look good on OpenSolaris but until I have time to put into researching a fix I can live with the retro look since it meets my simple text editing needs.