My problems with emacs 26-1 are discussed at this link : Emacs 26-1 Problems : find-file and neotree

The following link discusses using dnf to installing a previous version of a package: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/266888/can-i-force-dnf-to-install-an-old-version-of-a-package

I'm a fedora semi-newbie who just did a full install of Fedora 29, that included dnf install emacs, which installed emacs 26-1. I would like to revert to emacs 25-2 (or alternatively any version of emacs 25). Is there a clean way of (in effect) backing out the emacs 26-1 install and then installing a previous version of emacs? If so, it would help if I was given the exact bash commands to use.


I just posted an Addendum to the end of my original question at this link:Emacs 26-1 Problems : find-file and neotree

I worked with emacs-gnu-support to resolve most of the problems, so I no longer need to downgrade. I think that the meta posting at Are questions about the OS package-manager on-topic when the package in question is Emacs? raises interesting issues, even though (for me) they are now moot.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's really about package management on a particular OS (Fedora). Emacs seems like it would be incidental to this problem/solution.
    – phils
    Nov 19, 2018 at 1:51
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    But I've queried that on Meta: emacs.meta.stackexchange.com/q/537/454
    – phils
    Nov 19, 2018 at 2:09
  • @phils I responded to the Meta-posting.
    – zugzwang
    Nov 19, 2018 at 2:27
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    Not an answer, but you may consider this: Emacs is very much system-independent, so, you don't really need to fear about incompatibility of older versions with newer system. Also, you can run multiple versions of Emacs on the same machine: sometimes this may cause problems with ELisp packages, but nothing that cannot be solved. Emacs isn't a difficult project to build: you can just go with dnf builddep emacs and then cloning Emacs Git repository and building from it.
    – wvxvw
    Nov 19, 2018 at 5:59
  • Have you tried asking at the Fedora project's SE-like site?
    – Dan
    Nov 19, 2018 at 14:05


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