how to install/use emacs??

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by poolin1243, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. poolin1243 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2005
    Kansas City,MO/Milwaukee, WI
    hey all

    i am wondering how to install emacs...never done anything like this, but found out there is a way to install aperture on my G4, but i have to use an editor like emacs....dont know anything about them, and cant figure out how to install it...any help is appreciated :)
  2. ucscc10 macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2006
    uhh, dude you need a G5 to run it, and even then, you need a good amount of ram and such. only g4's are the powerbooks, not the emacs.
  3. CoMpX macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    He is not talking about the eMac computer. HAHAHA He is talking about some type of programming or something in the Terminal. I really don't know much about it at all. And what do you mean PowerBooks are the only G4s? There are iBook G4's, eMac G4s (well, not anymore), and Mac mini G4s. It's OK, beginner's mistake.;)
  4. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    emacs is just a (very fancy) text editor. If you aren't doing anything complicated (just some configuration files or something), good old TextEdit may be all you need.

    From the terminal:
    open -a TextEdit filename

    Other nice Mac text editors include TextWrangler and Smultron.

    If you really, really need to use emacs for some reason (it's powerful, but not very Mac-like at all), this build is about as simple to install and use as any.
  5. Dr. Cheesesteak macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2005
    It should actually be installed already.

    Just go to the Terminal, type "emacs", and there you go. If you want to edit a specific file, you have to know the location. You can either type out the whole location + filename or go to the directory with the file you want to edit and type "emacs (filename).(extension)"

    Ctrl-X Ctrl-S will Save once you are done editing and Ctrl-X Ctrl-C will quit.

    I'd do some reading on it before you get too deep into editing system files though.
  6. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    (X)Emacs is the best text editor in the world. It's almost an OS.
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    emacs is already installed. Just launch Terminal and type emacs at the command prompt. If you want a GUI version of the venerable UNIX text editor, you have several alternatives.
  8. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    Just WHO uses command-line emacs? Everybody uses GUI emacs and vi for the command line.
  9. Josh macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2004
    State College, PA
    I always found emacs too complex and difficult to use productively. Maybe I haven't spent enough time w/ it...I don't know.

    I prefer vi for command-line text editing.

    Though I have absolutely no use for command-line text editors, unless I feel like writing code in a fancy transparent window :p
  10. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    emacs and vi are both wonderful examples of absolutely awful, opaque, confusing UI design. Truly some of the worst software ever to become popular. When I need a command-line editor, I use nano/pico (also installed by default in OS X).
  11. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
  12. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    i tried it about 20 years ago, but my pinkie got cramped from living on the control key :)

    still a vi guy, though.
  13. poolin1243 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2005
    Kansas City,MO/Milwaukee, WI
    it is to do this:

    im kinda desperate for it on this computer right now considering my other one is in the a photog...and....ya...cant leave people waiting!
  14. mwpeters8182 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Any text editor should do that. I'd go with textwrangler.
  15. poolin1243 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2005
    Kansas City,MO/Milwaukee, WI
    can somebody help me through this to cchange this on a backup computer and i am under a huge time crunch...!

    can somebody help me do this...i am to the part where i need emacs or somthing...ive gotten in to emacs what do i type?

    i am on AIM/iChat as poolin1243
  16. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    to open the file: ctrl-x ctrl-v filename <enter>

    to search: ctrl-s 5200 <enter>

    delete and enter text as usual

    to save: ctrl-x ctrl-s
  17. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Everybody? Is this first grade?

    I won't use vi for anything, unless I'm trying to frustrate someone.

    I don't see any use for a GUI version of emacs. Most people don't programme in LISP so there are probably better GUI choices. emacs is especially important on dumb terminals where you don't have graphics available, though.
  18. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Count me in as another non-GUI emacs user, mainly since I tend to use it on remote machines.

    As mduser63 I'll use nano/pico first, particularly over ssh to Linux boxen, but if what I am trying to do is more involved I'll definitely use emacs. LaTex integration, C/C++ syntax checking, etc...

  19. Aarow macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2005
    emacs for tetris :).
    That's about the only thing I've used it for.

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