I have been working with Aquamacs and I would like to take Spacemacs out for a spin. I cloned .spacemacs and created an empty spacemacs file to store my configs later:

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

touch ~/.spacemacs

Open up Emacs and try to M-x load-file ~/.spacemacs.d/init.el and I keep running into this:

Cannot open load file: No such file or directory, ~/.emacs.d/core/core-dumper.el

I've tried everything I can think of including removing the emacs directory entirely and nothing seems to let me open up Spacemacs. Any suggestions?

  • I haven't played with Aquamacs in a few years, but here is my 3-step cheat sheet for a generic version of Emacs on OSX: (1) git clone https://github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs ~/.emacs.d/spacemacs; (2) (setq spacemacs-start-directory "~/.emacs.d/spacemacs/"); and (3) (load-file (concat spacemacs-start-directory "init.el"))
    – lawlist
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 0:07
  • Using a generic Emacs for OSX, I also get a loading error, which did not happen a few months ago, after selecting a few of the options such as evil, full / helm, non-minimalistic, etc., I got: Debugger entered--Lisp error: (file-missing "Opening directory" "No such file or directory" "/Users/HOME/.emacs.d/.cache/quelpa/melpa/recipes") directory-files("/Users/HOME/.emacs.d/.cache/quelpa/melpa/recipes" nil "^[^.]+")
    – lawlist
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 0:47
  • Hey - thanks for getting back with me. Let me try this and we shall see the outcome. Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 7:49
  • @lawlist Fantastic! Up and running. Thanks :) You wouldn't happen to know where I can place my org mode customization code so that it'll work with Spacemacs? (If you can't tell, I'm not terribly agile at coding.) Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 13:33
  • I do not use spacemacs ... but, I would suggest having a look at the org-mode section of the spacemacs manual and see if anything in there answers your questions: develop.spacemacs.org/layers/+emacs/org/README.html
    – lawlist
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 16:25


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