See the following link for
a list of
GNU/Linux systems that derive from Debian. The list includes
Ubuntu (see ubuntu.com) and Lubuntu (see
lubuntu.net) the flavour of GNU/Linux that I choose to use.
For GNU/Linux systems that derive from Debian, the following command
installs the X package: sudo apt-get install X. To install
GNU Emacs version 24, you should issue the following command sudo
apt-get install emacs24. Note that you will be prompted for the
2. Installing software on M.S. Windows systems
The following links are only valid for Microsoft Windows Systems,
versions XP or higher.
Set the environment variable HOME to a sensible
value for your system. Sensible values include:
d:/home (because the "d" drive on my system is my second
hard drive) or
c:/home if you only have one hard drive or
c:/Documents and Settings/Davin Pearson/My
Documents, where you replace the name "Davin Pearson"
with your own name. This matches the same folder used by
Windows XP for storing your own files.
It is important that the HOME folder actually exists,
so you can put your .emacs file into it. If you don't
set the HOME variable, it will default to c:/.
This is not desirable however since a whole heap of UNIX
files e.g. .* (files beginning with a period) will
crowd the root directory of your primary hard drive.
Extract the dlisp folder to your HOME folder.
Copy the file dlisp/school-emacs.el to
.emacs in your HOME folder by issuing the
following MS-DOS command from your HOME folder:
The Cygwin Unix emulation
package is used with this course. Specifically, the following
programs are needed:
java. You can
download the Cygwin
installer module to download. File size is approximately
300 kilobytes but that actual download size will be larger,
depending on what features you choose to install. You
should only need to install the minimum Cygwin functionality
to use the features mentioned above.
The Irfanview graphics
manipulation program. You
the installer module. The file size is approximately 900
kilobytes. Note that this program is only available on
3. Installing Davin's full version of GNU Emacs
If you haven't installed Davin's full version of GNU Emacs then here
is how you go about it: First, download the following tarball (also
known as a compressed archive file)
The d in dlisp stands for Davin' version of elisp,
i.e. Emacs Lisp. Untar the tarball using the program tar or,
alternatively WinZip, to your HOME folder and add the
following line of code to your .emacs file: (load-file
"~/dlisp/d-start.el"). The dlisp package works equally
well on GNU/Linux systems and M.S. Windows systems.