Sachin Patil


Free Software developer & Emacser

Very happy with Emacs pretest

Published on Apr 17, 2016 by Sachin.

I decided to use pretest version of Emacs instead of a stable release and so far it turned out to be a pleasant experience.

Emacs pretest
Figure 1: Emacs pretest

For those who don’t have any idea, you can visit http://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/emacs/pretest/] and download the latest version. Compiling and using should not be a problem. But still for newcomers, following are the steps:

If everything goes well, you can add this binary to your launch application or just create a desktop shortcut.

You should keep the stable version of Emacs as a backup. Till now, I never faced any problem and will continue using Emacs-pretest as my default.

If you encounter any issues during make, make sure you have all dependencies installed. If you think, there is an issue in the pretest release and needs to be fixed, make sure that it is reproducible before notifying emacs-devel@gnu.org. You can also ask for help on IRC at freenode, channel #emacs.

(Added on June 26, 2019)

Mostly I use Emacs available from the master branch and install the binary in ~/bin/. Below are the steps:

1: ./configure --with-mailutils --prefix=$HOME/source/emacs/build --bindir=$HOME/bin
2: make -j 4                       # Where 4 is the job count that can run simultaneously.
3: make install