I can assure you, emacs works great on arch (and I even installed from svn for emacspeak). I have emacs and emacspeak working and wrote an article on how to do so. You talked about ten different topics in your message, so I'm not quite sure why you hate arch and LFS is the way to go, but if it helps:
On 12/26/2012 10:45 PM, D.J.J. Ring, Jr. wrote:
-- Take care, Ty http://tds-solutions.net The aspen project: a barebones light-weight mud engine: http://code.google.com/p/aspenmud He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave.
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