I have been trying to use spacemacs on Antergos (Arch Derivative) but when I start emacs it doesn't load spacemacs. it used to work before just fine but not anymore. I'm also very new to emacs so I would appreciate some guidance.

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    How are you starting Emacs, how did you install spacemacs, etc.
    – kini
    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:55
  • I've started Emacs both normally and in the terminal. I installed both Emacs and Spacemacs from the arch package repository using yaourt if that helps.
    – 1028
    Nov 27, 2016 at 13:57
  • I'm confused, as I don't see spacemacs on the AUR website... Where is spacemacs actually installed on your system?
    – kini
    Nov 27, 2016 at 17:09
  • It was in the AUR website last night. It seems that they took the package down. This is not the first time it's been taken down. I believe spacemacs is installed in my home directory in the .emacs folder.
    – 1028
    Nov 27, 2016 at 19:30

2 Answers 2


I would suggest first installing emacs using pacman:

pacman -Sy emacs

and then installing spacemacs using git:

git clone https://github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs ~/.emacs.d

OR your can use the develop version of spacemacs which is more current and will have more feataures:

git clone -b develop https://github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs ~/.emacs.d

I'm not sure how yaourt installs spacemacs; I would use the suggested method of installing spacemacs as described in the documentation.


What worked for me is that I deleted the entire .emacs.d directory and deleted the .spacemacs file in my home directory since I was reinstalling spacemacs. For some odd reason the .spacemacs file wasn't letting Spacemacs reinstall. After that the process that @haff mentions works perfectly fine.

  • you can accept the answer by haff and put this answer as a comment to it.
    – syl20bnr
    Dec 10, 2016 at 20:30

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