Using Ostro on #IntelMaker #Joule, I've downloaded the earliest version of emacs available from https://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/emacs/, and tried running configure, but it failed with a message that emacs wasn't ported to the platform yet.

root@intel-corei7-64:~/emacs/emacs-21.4# ./configure 
creating cache ./config.cache
checking host system type... x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
configure: error: Emacs hasn't been ported to `x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu' systems.
Check `etc/MACHINES' for recognized configuration names.
root@intel-corei7-64:~/emacs/emacs-21.4# cd ..

If I just want an emacs-like text editor, and don't have a package manager, what's the quickest way to get an emacs-compatible editor going?

Size-wise, emacs-21.4a.tar.gz is only 19M, but emacs-25.1.tar.gz is already 59M.

What was the earliest version that had support for x86_64?

  • emacswiki.org/emacs/ErsatzEmacs – npostavs Nov 6 '16 at 4:20
  • @npostavs, I've tried compiling mg, but it appears to depend on libbsd, but installing libbsd doesn't seem to make it detect it. – cnst Nov 6 '16 at 4:31

It turns out, Emacs is surprisingly fast to build, so, building even the latest version appears to take less time than the time it takes to run the ./configure script!

  • Building the release tarballs is fairly quick because they already include the compiled lisp files. – npostavs Nov 6 '16 at 4:19

You can use some lightweight editor like mg as a replacement for emacs.

  • No, mg has too many dependencies on unbranded Linux, and cannot be built easily. – cnst Dec 8 '16 at 22:44

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