Subject: Re: Precompiled vax packages anyone?
To: Boris Gjenero <>
From: Tom I Helbekkmo <tih@Hamartun.Priv.NO>
List: port-vax
Date: 02/21/1998 14:09:17
On Sat, Feb 21, 1998 at 07:38:52AM -0500, Boris Gjenero wrote:

> I'm wondering... what's the big deal with emacs.  I just got 20.2,
> did configure (with X support) and then did make.  It finished
> compiling the same day.

Yup -- Emacs is a drop-in on just about anything.

> The dump core dumped, but the resulting emacs binary seems to work
> fine.

Same here.  I use Emacs 19.34b on all my modernish systems (which all
run NetBSD/current), and on the VAX, the 'emacs -loadup -dump' job
crashes with a SEGV every time, leaving the executable seemingly all
dumped, but not yet chmod'ed to be executable.  Doing a 'make install'
as if nothing had happened results in a working installation.  Weird!

> OTOH, running emacs 20.2 on a uVAX-II is silly.  Maybe if I compiled
> 18.something, it wouldn't be too slow to be considered a text editor
> (hey, it runs on a VS2000 just like 20.2 runs on a 486DX50)

I use 18.54 on my older systems (like the Stride 460, which is a 12MHz
Motorola MC68010 with 4MB of RAM, running SVR2-based UniStride 2.1),
and it's nice and comfortable there.  On real small stuff, like my
PDP-11/83 with 2.11BSD, I use Jove (a compact Emacs-inspired editor)
instead.  Never did like MicroEMACS: it's not sufficiently Emacs-like.

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