Emacs on OpenSolaris

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. 

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I've tried building emacs-22.2.1 for opensolaris snv_94 and I'm getting a pretty weird error. When I ssh into my system via Terminal from OSX the up-arrow key doesn't work. Down-arrow, left, and right move the cursor in the expected direction but up-arrow gives me a bell and an error saying "<f12> is undefined". Doing it directly on the screen via the Solaris terminal works normally. If you or your readers have any ideas what's going wrong I'd love to hear them.

Posted by Søren on July 31, 2008 at 04:54 PM EDT #

Søren,

What terminal are you using on OS X? Maybe try a different terminal?

Posted by Bill Rushmore on August 04, 2008 at 04:33 AM EDT #

Soren, hey, I had the same problem.
I added the following line to my .emacs file and it worked:

(define-key global-map [f12] [up])

Posted by Ali on August 16, 2008 at 04:18 PM EDT #

can't you just use --with-x-toolkit=gtk
and shouldn't configure determine on its own that you don't have that library installed?

Posted by guest on January 17, 2009 at 06:11 PM EST #

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