so we don't have a plethora of flames as we did last time rms posted
a gnuemacs announcement, i'm including the file GETTING.GNU.SOFTWARE
in this message. i hope this message answers any unanswered
----- GETTING.GNU.SOFTWARE follows -----
* Getting GNU Software
* GNU and the Free Software Foundation
Project GNU has organized itself as the Free Software Foundation.
We will continue with the following objectives:
1) to create GNU as a full development/operating system.
2) to distribute GNU and other useful software with source code and
permission to copy and redistribute.
* Available Software
Software currently available includes:
GNU Emacs - includes:
- manual source in TeX format.
- an enhanced regex (regular expression) library.
C Scheme - a block structured dialect of LISP.
See the file /u2/emacs/etc/MACHINES for the status of porting Emacs to
various machines and operating systems.
* How To Get The Software
The easiest way to get a copy of the distribution is from someone else
who has it. You need not ask for permission to do so, or tell any one
else; just copy it. The second easiest is to ftp it over the ARPANET
(see below). The third easiest way is to uucp it (see below).
If you cannot get a copy either of these ways, you can order one from
the Free Software Foundation. See the file /u2/emacs/etc/DISTRIB for
further information. This file is primarily concerned with how to
ftp or uucp.
** GNU Emacs and How To FTP It
If you are on the Internet (note also simtel20 below), you can at
present copy the latest distribution version of GNU Emacs from the
file /u2/emacs/edist.tar on host prep.ai.mit.edu (or the file
/u2/emacs/edist.tar.Z which has been run through compress after tar).
These files are about 6 and 2.3 megabytes long, respectively. After
you unpack the distribution, be sure to look at the files README and
Some ftp'ers have found it necessary for successful file transfer:
- to set the binary/image mode
- to use another of prep.ai.mit.edu internet addresses than the
default for your machine. They are (as of 22 Oct 86):
Files of differences from previous widely distributed GNU Emacs
versions to the present version are also available on prep.ai.mit.edu
under names of the form diff-OO.OO-NN.NN in directory /u2/emacs .
These are made with diff -c. Sometimes there are compressed
versions of these difference files as well; their names have .Z
The Emacs manual in source form is included in the distribution.
The dvi file for printing is /u2/emacs/emacs.dvi.
** Copying Only Recently Changed Files
A special version of rcp exists which allows you, on an Internet host,
to copy all GNU Emacs files whose last-mod-dates don't match your
files. See the file RCP in the directory /u2/emacs/etc on
prep.ai.mit.edu for information on using it.
** Scheme and How To FTP It
The latest distribution version of C Scheme is in the directory
/u2/scheme/dist. To obtain a "tarred" copy of this directory, telnet
to MIT-PREP and log in as scheme (password: scheme). A file called
dist.tar will be created (if there isn't one already), and you will be
given a choice of the file transfer program to run (of all the ones
supported by PREP). It should be self-explanatory (ha, ha! [try ? for
Read the files INSTALL and README in the top level CScheme directory.
The C Scheme distribution should work on 32-bit machines under VMS,
BSD 4.1 & 4.2, ATT systems 3 and 5, HPUX, and TRIX. Some
conditionalization may have to be done for other machines and
operating systems. Problems with the C Scheme distribution can be
For further information on Scheme refer to: "Structure and Interpretation of
Computer Programs", by Harold Abelson and Gerald J. Sussman with Julie
Sussman, The MIT Press & McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1985; and, the "Revised^3
Report on the Algorithmic Language Scheme", MIT Artificial Intelligence Memo
848a. The later may be obtained by sending a check for $6.00 (as of Nov. 86)
per copy (U.S. funds) payable to (prepayment is required):
Publications, Room NE43-818
MIT Artifical Intelligence Laboratory
545 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
It is also available as: Jonathan Rees and William Clinger, editors,
"Revised^3 Report on the Algorthmic Language Scheme." SIGPLAN Notices 21(12),
** Alternative Internet FTP Sources
The administrators of simtel20.arpa also maintains copies of GNU
distributed software for MILNET/DDN hosts. It is available via
anonymous ftp from PD:<UNIX.GNU> in the original tar format.
The administrators of louie.udel.edu also maintains copies of GNU
Emacs. The files are available via anonymous ftp under directory
~ftp/gnu. louie's addresses are (as of 24 Oct 1986):
10.0.0.96 louie.udel.edu udel-louie.arpa udel-louie louie udel-relay udel .
** UUCP Source
OSU is distributing GNU Emacs via uucp. Details from Karl Kleinpaste
* No Warranties
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accepts responsibility to anyone for the consequences of using it or
for whether it serves any particular purpose or works at all, unless
he says so in writing.
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Your donations will help to support the Foundation and make our future
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