How to install GNU Emacs
on Arch Linux

GNU Emacs snap

GNU Emacs

Alex Murray (alexmurray)

GNU Emacs is the extensible self-documenting text editor

Emacs is the extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor.

Features include:

  • Content-aware editing modes, including syntax coloring, for many file types.
  • Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users.
  • Full Unicode support for nearly all human scripts.
  • Highly customizable, using Emacs Lisp code or a graphical interface.
  • An entire ecosystem of functionality beyond text editing, including a project planner, mail and news reader, debugger interface, calendar, and more.
  • A packaging system for downloading and installing extensions.

Stable releases of Emacs are published to the latest/stable channel. These are built by Launchpad using this recipe https://launchpad.net/~alexmurray/+snap/emacs/ which provides full build logs for build transparency.

Snapshot builds of Emacs git are published daily to the latest/edge channel. These are built by Launchpad using this recipe https://launchpad.net/~alexmurray/+snap/emacs-snapshot/ which provides full build logs for build transparency.

Details for GNU Emacs

License
GPL-3.0+
Last updated
13 September 2019

Enable snaps on Arch Linux and install GNU Emacs

Snaps are applications packaged with all their dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build. They update automatically and roll back gracefully.

Snaps are discoverable and installable from the Snap Store, an app store with an audience of millions.

Enable snapd

On Arch Linux, snap can be installed from the Arch User Repository (AUR). The manual build process is the Arch-supported install method for AUR packages, and you’ll need the prerequisites installed before you can install any AUR package. You can then install snap with the following:

Once installed, the systemd unit that manages the main snap communication socket needs to be enabled:

To enable classic snap support, enter the following to create a symbolic link between /var/lib/snapd/snap and /snap:

Either log out and back in again, or restart your system, to ensure snap’s paths are updated correctly.

Install GNU Emacs

To install GNU Emacs, simply use the following command:

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