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Re: building and installing under $HOME



Hi Robert,

I can think of the following problem: You must make sure that the
system wide installation does not get into your way when running your
own.  The debian emacspeak package puts an configuration file under

/etc/emacs/site-start.d50emacspeak.el

which might interfere. You will have to make sure that when you start
your user installed version, no parts of the debian version are
used.  It would probably be worthwhile inspecting the above file for
possible trouble. 

I use the following in my .emacs file to be able to
run different versions:

;; Load emacspeak if EMACSPEAK_DIR environement variable is defined
;; and Load emacspeak config file
(let ((emacspeak-dir (getenv "EMACSPEAK_DIR")))
  (if emacspeak-dir 
	  (progn 
		(load (concat emacspeak-dir  "/lisp/emacspeak-setup.el"))
		(load "~/emacs/.emacspeak.el")
		)))
This allows me to start emacs without emacspeak when necessary. I
 use the follwoing script to start emacspeak:

#!/bin/sh
# emacspeak - execute emacs with speech enhancements

DTK_PROGRAM=/usr/bin/eflite
EMACS_UNIBYTE=1
test -z "$EMACSPEAK_DIR" && EMACSPEAK_DIR="/home/luke/opt/emacspeak-23.0-mix1/share/emacs/site-lisp/emacspeak"
export EMACS_UNIBYTE DTK_PROGRAM EMACSPEAK_DIR
exec emacs $*

This loads a "known good" version emacspeak unless EMACSPEAK_DIR is
set to something else.

Lukas

> Hello all,
> 
> I know I can use options for make to insure that emacs and all the other
> programs that I will need (flite, eflite, emacspeak, etc.) install
>  under $HOME.  I also know that there are several on the list that are
>  using muultiple versions of emacs and/or emacspeak.  What I would like
>  to know is if there are any caveats to doing this.  
> 
> I am running debian sid.  Emacspeak is terribly out of date in debian.
> I am afraid of installing over a working install, as I really have no
> one here to readily help if/when things go south.
> 
> One of the issues I can think of that I might have to worry about is the
> info pages.  If I install everything under $HOME, can I add the system
> info dir to the info dir path so that the software that I install
> outside of my $HOME environment can still be reached?
> 
> Thanks in advance for any help or advice you can offer,

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