How to setup VM: 0) Look at the Makefile and change the values of EMACS_VERSION, EMACS, INFODIR, LISPDIR, and PIXMAPDIR. If they are not right for your system, change them. 1) Do one of these: `make'. `make vm.info' to build the Info online help document. `make all' to make everything. Ignore the byte compiler warnings. 2) Put all the .elc files into a Lisp directory that Emacs knows about. (see load-path). 3) If you're using XEmacs 19.14 and you want toolbar support, make a directory called `vm' in the XEmacs `etc' directory. Copy the files in pixmaps directory into the directory you just created. VM will look for the pixmaps there by default. Alternately you can put the pixmap files in any directory you want or just leave them where they are. Be sure to point the variable vm-toolbar-pixmap-directory at the direrctory where you put the files. 4) If you built the Info document, copy the file vm.info* files into the Emacs' info. You may need to edit the "dir" file in that directory and add a menu entry for VM. It should look like this: * VM:: A mail reader. 5) Put these lines in your .emacs file if they aren't there already: (autoload 'vm "vm" "Start VM on your primary inbox." t) (autoload 'vm-other-frame "vm" "Like `vm' but starts in another frame." t) (autoload 'vm-visit-folder "vm" "Start VM on an arbitrary folder." t) (autoload 'vm-visit-virtual-folder "vm" "Visit a VM virtual folder." t) (autoload 'vm-mode "vm" "Run VM major mode on a buffer" t) (autoload 'vm-mail "vm" "Send a mail message using VM." t) (autoload 'vm-submit-bug-report "vm" "Send a bug report about VM." t) You're now ready to use VM. C-h i should start up the Emacs Info system and if you've installed the Info document properly you can use the online documentation to teach yourself how to use VM. Please use M-x vm-submit-bug-report to report bugs. The bug report will be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and be gatewayed from there to gnu.emacs.vm.bug. VM's home page on the World Wide Web is at http://www.wonderworks.com/vm . You can get the latest version of VM from there.