How to setup VM: 0) Look at the Makefile and review the values of EMACS, INFODIR, LISPDIR, BINDIR and PIXMAPDIR. If they are not right for your system, change them. 1) Your build options: `make' to build a usable VM. `make vm.info' to build the Info online help document. 'make utils' to compile the external Quoted-Printable and BASE64 encoders and decoders. `make all' to make everything. If there are byte compiler warnings, ignore them. They probably can't be avoided with code that is run on multipe Emacs versions. 2) Put all the .elc files into a Lisp directory that is in your Emacs load-path. If you've already set LISPDIR to this directory, just `make install'. 3) If you're using XEmacs or Emacs 21 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 variables vm-toolbar-pixmap-directory and vm-image-directory at the direrctory where you put the files. That is (setq vm-toolbar-pixmap-directory "/path/to/pixmaps") (setq vm-image-directory "/path/to/pixmaps") in your .emacs or .vm file. If you've set PIXMAPDIR, 'make install' will copy the files to that directory. 4) If you built the Info document, copy the file vm.info* files into the Emacs' info. ('make install' will do this for you if you've set INFODIR). You may need to edit the "dir" file in that directory and add a menu entry for VM. It should look like this: * VM:: (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 email@example.com 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.