[OS X Emacs] emacs and latex on iPhone?

Lindsay Stirton lindsay.stirton at manchester.ac.uk
Wed Jun 11 14:37:11 EDT 2008

Don't get me wrong, I love emacs. But I don't think you are right when 
ou say that it comes down simply to whether one does any typing on the 
iPhone keyboard. Contrary to your (Mark's) assertion that is a kind of 
all-or-nothing decision, I think there is always a trade-off between the 
advantages and disadvantages of keyboard versus point-and-click as a 
method of input, and what is optimal on a full-size keyboard is not 
necessarily optimal on the iPhone software keyboard, even if both are 

That said, if vi has been ported, I think it should be easy to port 
emacs, if no one has done it already. Apparently there is a jailbroken 
terminal.app for iPhone. If you care to jailbreak your iPhone you could 
presumably install emacs and run it in terminal. I don't know how easy 
it would be to build a gui emacs, but here are instructions to build 
carbon emacs.


If you don't fancy it, I dare say it is only a matter of time before 
someone does it. I still think an iphone version of TextMate might be 
the way to go.


M A wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 5:17 AM, Lindsay Stirton (Dr)
> <lindsay.stirton at manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Can anyone imagine typing M-x extremely-convoluted-command on the iPhone
>> virtual keyboard? I think for that reason emacs on iPhone is a no-no.
> Why not? Typing a convoluted command is no harder than typing anything
> else. I think the only question is whether one accepts the premise of
> doing any typing at all on the iphone/ipod touch. If so, emacs is no
> less a good choice than any other editor (well, there may be questions
> about memory and processor requirements, but that's another issue).
> Once you install the BSD layer, I would think that emacs should
> certainly be possible (vi is already there), but I don't know of any
> efforts in this direction. I wouldn't expect any official development
> from GNU since the platform is not open, but I would certainly be
> happy if someone did it.
> Mark A
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