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I want to update my emacs on CentOS 5.5 to 23 but I can't find any rpms or yum repos that have it?

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I spent quite a bit of time trying to build emacs on RHEL5.7, to no avail. Then, back to the google, and I found a repo with emacs23 RPMs for CentOS/RHEL 5.x.

To use it, use the bundled emacs21 to create a text file in /etc/yum.repos.d/puias-unsupported.repo .
It should have these contents:

name=PUIAS Unsupported $releasever

Then, use it like this:

sudo yum --disablerepo="*" --enablerepo=puias-unsupported install emacs23

The RPMs are:

If you install it this way, it will be placed into /usr/emacs23/ . It does not replace the existing emacs21.

There is also a nox version of emacs23 in that repo. And a bunch of other stuff.

Additionally, to make it work correctly and prevent warnings, I did the following:

cd /usr/share/emacs/

ln -s /usr/emacs23/share/emacs/23.2

mkdir 23.2/leim

mkdir -p /usr/libexec/emacs/23.2/x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu

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You could grab the source RPMS from a recent Fedora (or RHEL6) release and then rebuild them yourself.

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grab them from where? I can't find them anywhere I have been searching Google for the last hour with no luck. – Jarrod Roberson Jun 23 '11 at 17:49
From a Fedora mirror. Try searching for fedora mirrors. This will get you to a source for all Fedora packages, such as…. – larsks Jun 23 '11 at 17:57

The latest version of Emacs on RHEL5 is 21. Essentially, RHEL/CentOS is aimed at the enterprise server market, which is far more concerned with stability than bleeding edge functionality.

See this other post for a bit more explanation.

--Christopher Karel

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I know all this, I am looking for a 3rd party repository that has an up to date emacs rpm that I can point yum at ... – Jarrod Roberson Jun 23 '11 at 19:55
I'd personally avoid that sort of thing. Utilizing third party repositories can easily get Yum into dependency loops, making upgrades extremely difficult. I'd recommend just compiling from source. – Christopher Karel Jun 23 '11 at 20:00

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