Saturday, December 31, 2016

Portable Minimal Emacs Clone For Linux


I have the benefit of working in an organization that provides quite a bit of autonomy, but even still the life of a programming inside of a fortune 500 company means I'm going to be editing text files on machines for which I can't install software.  Sometimes, that means my editor choices are limited to nano and vim, and I prefer emacs.  Typically, I just want an editor that responds to my muscle memory without thinking too hard.  So, a simple editor that feels like emacs (maybe with a dired mode and a shell) is good enough.  Bonus: it's best if I can just wget the editor and use it.  Enter QEmacs!
  1. Download the latest version from the website.
  2. Extract it somewhere.
  3. use ./configure --disable-x11 --disable-xv --disable-html --disable-png
  4. Run make.
  5. Now you'll have a binary called qe.  Read the docs here.
If you have any trouble building, here's my 272k binary.  Let me know if it works for you.

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