When I execute

emacs --batch --script=/home/jim/test.el --no-site-file --file=testing

I get:

Cannot open load file: no such file or directory, /home/jim/--script=/home/jim/test.el

While emacs --help shows --script in its list of options, executing just emacs --script=test junk gives an error saying --script is not recognised. Is there an alternative?

I'm using Emacs version 24.5.1. Thanks What is happening here?

$ emacs --help
--file FILE             visit FILE
--script FILE               run FILE as an Emacs Lisp script

No = in either of those.


emacs --batch --script /home/jim/test.el --no-site-file --file testing

As for the actual error, that's a bit funky. It seems to be deciding that the option is a --script option, and then using --script=/home/jim/test.el in its entirety as the script filename (and you are running it from your home directory, so that path gets prepended as well).

I suggest you M-x report-emacs-bug about that weirdness.

  • Not unless 26.1 has the same bug. 24.5.1 is ancient
    – rpluim
    Mar 5 '19 at 10:26
  • I see that same behaviour in 26.1 and also in my build of 27.
    – phils
    Mar 5 '19 at 11:26

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