[OS X Emacs] Aquamacs does not like el-get

Ned Ludd edwardludd at gmail.com
Tue Jun 14 15:00:56 EDT 2011

Aquamacs does not like Dimitri Fontaine's "el-get" package
(https://github.com/dimitri/el-get).  Particularly the recipe format.

Try this:

* Clone "el-get" into "~/Library/Preferences/Aquamacs Emacs".
* Start Aquamacs

Almost immediately Aquamacs will pop up with the scratch menu.  Looks
like many menu items are not even loaded yet.

The "* Messages*" buffer shows only this:

Loading prestart plugin files ...
... done.
Shell: /bin/zsh
eval-buffer: Symbol's function definition is void: :name

I don't get any further information starting with "--debug-init" or "-q".

The recipe files in "el-get" look something like this (and are stored
in "el-get/recipes":

$ cat ack.el
(:name ack
       :type http
       :url "http://repo.or.cz/w/ShellArchive.git?a=blob_plain;hb=HEAD;f=ack.el"
       :build '("mv ShellArchive*ack.el ack.el")
       :features ack)

Does Aquamacs try to load all .el files recursively?  I see the
"el-get/recipes" is on my load-path.

Is there any way to stop this from happening?

Ned Ludd

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