[OS X Emacs] Re: Contents of MacOSX-Emacs digest...

gilberto.c gilberto.c at laposte.net
Wed Feb 15 17:43:15 EST 2012

Here's what I do:

I've created a 'site-lisp' file inside my Aquamacs Application Support directory. I also added to my Preferences.el 
file the following:

(setq load-path (cons "/users/g/Library/Application Support/Aquamacs\ Emacs/site-lisp/org/lisp/" load-path))
(setq load-path (cons "/users/g/Library/Application Support/Aquamacs\ Emacs/site-lisp/org/contrib/lisp/" 

- move the downloaded 'org-7.8.03' file to the mentioned site-lisp directory
- change its name to 'org'
- run the make and sudo make install commands from within this 'org' directory
- reopen Aquamacs
and that's all there is to the installation. It works great.

Every time I download an updated version of org-mode, I do the same and have 
no problems whatsoever. Just to be extra sure, I do an M-x 'org-version'.

I don't need to mess with the Makefile or any other file. That's maybe because
I usually use Aquamacs and only seldom use Emacs from the terminal. 
I have installed other versions of Emacs, but always go back to Aquamacs.

Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:57:54 -0500
From: Peter Salazar 
Subject: [OS X Emacs] problems updating org-mode on Aquamacs
To: macosx-emacs at email.esm.psu.edu

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I'm running Aquamacs, which I downloaded as a .dmg and installed. It comes
with org-mode 6.33 or thereabouts. I'm trying to get a current version of

I downloaded org-mode 7.8.03, did a setq load-path (cons to the org
directory, then used the package manager to install org from within
Aquamacs. I can verify that org now states its version as 7.8.03.

But now whenever I save a file or open a new one, I get spinning rainbow
pinwheel of death. Do I have to compile the package somehow?

I downloaded org-mode again and followed the instructions to do "make" and
"make install," but it didn't have any effect. Still pinwheel.

So I tried downloading the Aquamacs binary and compiling that instead, but
I couldn't get it to work. Every time I try to compile Aquamacs using make
or /.build-aquamacs, it gets stuck on:


All I want is to run Aquamacs with a recent version of org-mode... with
enough speed that I don't have to wait ten seconds every time I open a new

Any thoughts? Thanks for any help.

I have been running org-mode from git under Aquamacs for ages now. I am
not able to determine from what you say above what might be going wrong.

What I do is:

1. pull the aquamacs source from git
2. build with 'make all'. Note that to do this I had to mess with the
Makefile to get it to find Aquamacs and use its byte compiler. [I won-
der if your bug is from getting some other emacs's byte-compiler on
your mac when you run the makefile...]
3. I doubt that `make install` will do anything great with Aquamacs 
(but I might be wrong). Instead, what I do is mess with the emacs 
load-path in order to get it to load my org-mode library instead of 
the one that comes with Aquamacs. In my .emacs, I do:

(add-to-list 'load-path (concat my-emacs-directory "org-mode/lisp"))
(add-to-list 'load-path (concat my-emacs-directory "org-mode/contrib/lisp"))

[You will see that I have defined my-emacs-directory first...]

This is old-school -- I do this in my emacs config files rather than using 
customize, since I use emacs on multiple machines and operating systems. For
more conventional uses there may be an approach using customize that achieves
the same as the above, but does the right thing.


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