M-x list-packages crashes Emacs after I added:

(add-to-list 'package-archives
             '("melpa" . "https://melpa.org/packages/"))

after (package-initialize).


alone works fine but M-x list-packages lists only GNU ELPA packages.

Any idea?

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    Are you sure you're speaking of a crash? Does Emacs exit abnormally? If yes, this is an Emacs bug and should be reported with M-x report-emacs-bug and a crash log attached. – wasamasa Feb 6 '18 at 21:39
  • I tried every code I found and of course the one from the MELPA.org page: – Guebert Feb 6 '18 at 23:15
  • @wasamasa: Yes, it is a crash. After I restart Emacs I get the message that Emacs crashed. I will try to contact the programmer of the Mac version. – Guebert Feb 6 '18 at 23:24
  • Can you reproduce it (save your stuff before trying), starting from emacs -Q (then evaluating the above code)? – Drew Feb 6 '18 at 23:38
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    This sounds like Bug#30288 – npostavs Feb 7 '18 at 12:46

Sorry for posting another answer to my initial question. After npostavs pointed to a known bug of Emacs 25.3 under macOS I installed the universal binary of Emacs 25.1 from https://emacsformacosx.com and indeed this version works just fine. Final verdict: It’s a Emacs 25.3 bug under Darwin / macOS. Thanks for the help.

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  • I have exactly the same issue on OS X. – hsrv Feb 7 '18 at 15:57
  • Sounds like you can accept this answer to close the question. – glucas Feb 8 '18 at 0:05

It’s more or less official. This seems to be an issue with the Universal Binary of GNU Emacs 25.3 from https://emacsformacosx.com/ and not a general Emacs problem or my incompetence. I shared my (crashing) configuration with the binary from http://aquamacs.org/ (Aquamacs 3.3 based on Emacs 25.1). With Aquamacs it works just fine.

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