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GNU Emacs for Mac OS

Copyright (c) 2001 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

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This directory contains the files needed to build GNU Emacs on the Mac
OS (8.1-9.0).  Many of the major features of the Unix version are
supported: multiple frames, colors, scroll bars, menu bars, use of the
mouse, fontsets, international characters, input methods, and coding

Mac OS specific support includes document drag-and-drop in the Finder,
transfer of text to and from other applications via the clipboard, and
sending AppleScript commands to other applications from Emacs.

The following are not yet supported: unexec (dump-emacs), asynchronous
subprocesses (start-process), and networking

There is basic support for synchronous subprocesses (call-process)
although Unix commands that are used will need to be ported to the

Metrowerks CodeWarrior Pro 5 or Pro 6 or MPW-GM (August 2000) can be
used to build Emacs on the Mac OS.  See the INSTALL file in this
directory for instructions on building Emacs.

Binary distributions are available in


At this site you can also find an FAQ related to running GNU Emacs on
Mac OS.