I'm building a script to install a version of emacs (24.5 in this case) on a small server running on a raspberry pi. Since this will be in headless mode, I have no need for a GUI/X windows based installation and will run the configuration with the --without-x flag.

That being said, how can I find all the dependencies needed by emacs24.5 (or in general) so that I can build a list for installation?

Further context:

  1. Using Raspbian OS, I do not know how to get sudo apt-get build-dep emacs24 to work as a command, so that is why I am asking for a list of these dependencies.
  2. the recommendation from this SX answer seems to be the closest to this, but apt-cache depends emacs24-nox seems to give a shallow answer in terms of dependencies. Is this all I really would need to put?
  • Looks about right, but why not just have apt-get install emacs24-nox as your script, maybe followed by apt-get clean to keep the space requirements down? – icarus Oct 25 '16 at 15:09
  • I agree that's a functional compromise, but it's just one of those things that I'm used to the packages built with 24.5 in mind that I want it. That said, I actually think I found a solution to get build-dep to work and will post it soon. – zaile Oct 25 '16 at 23:33
  • Annoyingly the SX answer has been deleted. – Jon Chesterfield Nov 3 '18 at 9:10

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