Re: [Harry Putnam <email@example.com>] Re: Terminfo and emacs
>>"Harry" == Harry Putnam <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Harry> Attached is a typscript report of this problem.
Harry> The `ls' commands I used didn't come thru in the typescript so I've
Harry> gone thru and annotated what appeared in them.
Hmmm. I note that the files removed are not emacs21
files. Indeed, the dir /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp was removed. This
affects all installed emacs lisp packages; since they put files in
/usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/<package>, which are suddenly removed.
Unfortunately, just reinstalling emacs21 shall not help now.
I note that while reinstalling, removing the add-on packages
went over well. I think this indicates that emacs packages could be
removed even after /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp was removed.
Of course, now you are installing emacs21 again. The directory
/usr/lib/emacsen-common/packages/ was unchanged, so it attempts to
re-byte-compile all the add-on emacs packages -- even though the .el
files (which normally live in /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/) are no
BAM!. The add-on emacs-lisp package, which has not bee
reinstalled, expects to find its lisp files intact in the regular
directory /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/<package>. Which no longer
exists. And won't until you reinstall the add-on package (cxref,
mh-e, etc). Reinstalling emacs21 has not replaced the files under
/usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/<package>, since they did not belong to
the emacs21 package in the first place. They belong to, in your case,
cxref, mh-e, sawfish, and whatever package contains noweb-mode.el.
Until these files are replaced, any attempts to install a new version
of emacs21 shall fail.
I guess the moral of the story is that if integral parts of
the infrastructure are damaged, you may need to reinstall *all*
affected packages to recover from the damage.
Moving /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp impacts all emacs-lisp
packages installed on the machine, and those are the packages that
needed to be reinstalled. (emacs21 did not need to be, if I am seeing
If this analysis is correct, there is no bug in emacs (well,
there is nothing emacs21 packages can do to avoid this). Just don't
go removing dirs ;-). I generally put things in /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp,
which takes precedence over paths in /usr/share/emacs; and let the
files that belong to packages be (or remove the debian package, and
use the local package only).
I hope this helps.
Be consistent. Larry Wall in the perl man page
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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