I use to follow the Emacs CVS development and i am also under Debian.
Upon advice from Xavier Maillard some weeks ago, i installed the work from
Jérôme Marant to build clean Debian Emacs packages.
I had no difficulties for the patching/building part. But the packages
installation was quite more difficult.
I followed the tips given at http://usefulinc.com/edd/notes/CVSEmacsOnDebian
but did not manage to have all fixed.
I must tell that i have also the genuine emacs21 package installed to allow
installation of some other elisp packages (emacs_wiki, nxml, ...) and it
seems that emacs21 with emacs-snapshot together seem to have some
undesirable board effects.
Xavier had just told me to look at this list and i find that i fight with
the same problems other people already had. For example :
- on-line documentation is partially broken : sometimes it fails to access
/usr/share/emacs/21.3.50/etc/DOC-188.8.131.52 (looks very like Kai had and
following what was said on the list i did the make maintainer-clean)
- tramp (provided with cvs package) is totally broken : i cannot access any
ftp site for example and it also keeps on failing to display help
I suppose that there is a problem with the path, that some lisp files are
seen several times and that for emacs-snapshot some files from emacs21 are
Hopefully Gnus is mainly still functional :) (some problems with bbdb remain)
Also, i wonder why emacs-snapshot cannot replace the emacs21 instead of
installing aside. Maybe it would simplify those problems ?
So, maybe a good soul in the list could help me to debug that stuff ?
Thanks for any feedback.