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Re: Installing lisp programs.

This question arises sufficiently often that perhaps it belongs in a
FAQ or HOWTO document. In general terms, after extracting a compressed
tar file (tar xfz filename.tar.gz), read the README file included in
the distribution, together with any installation instructions. By
convention, the latter are usually provided in a file named INSTALL
(note that both filenames are written in uppercase).

If the package is available in the package format used by your
operating system, then system-specific procedures apply. For example,
in rpm-based Linux distributions, use rpm -i filename.rpm. Similarly,
Debian packages can be downloaded and installed, together with any
needed dependencies, with
apt-get install package-name

If the package is supplied as a compressed tar archive, you will
generally have to compile it in accordance with the installation
instructions given by the author, and in any case it will probably be
necessary to edit your .emacs file, again as explained in the author's

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