I have installed the latest development version of Emacs on my Mac from the source by cloning the Git repository here ('Emacs source repository' under 'Anonymous clone'), and then executing
make in the repo's top directory.
It didn't go smoothly, but only because I didn't have some prerequisites installed (namely,
gnutls, and the OS X command-line tools). Once I'd installed the prerequisites (
gnutls with Homebrew, and the OS X command-line tools by running
xcode-select --install), the
make script completed successfully.
However, when I open the Emacs GUI (
<installation directory>/nextstep/Emacs), there's no splash screen, and instead of the usual *GNU Emacs* buffer, the *scratch* buffer opens initially.
More importantly, when I try to inspect variables by executing
C-h v, the following error message appears in the echo buffer:
Cannot open load file: No such file or directory, help-fns
Why doesn't the
C-h v command work, and how can I view and set a variable's value as well as inspect the info about a variable?
I run macOS Sierra version 10.12.5 (the latest release as of today).