Thank you for downloading XEmacs. We of the XEmacs development team
believe user satisfaction is our number one priority, and we hope that
you will be pleased with the power of our editor. Please follow all
of the instructions in order to enjoy a quick and easy installation.
In this guide, information which you will need to supply will be enclosed in
angle brackets, <like this>. Commands which you will have to enter will be
You will need to provide a loading directory, in which to load the
material from tape (/tmp/xemacs is recommended), and a permanent
installation directory (/usr/local/xemacs is recommended).
Loading From Tape
First create and change directory to the loading directory:
mkdir <working directory>
cd <working directory>
Now you are ready to load the software from tape.
The specific device name needed to load the tape varies with hardware vendors,
and may be found in Appendix A, "Vendors and Device Names".
Load the software from tape:
tar xvf /dev/<device name>
You have now loaded all of the software from tape, and are ready to compile and
install the XEmacs Text Editor.
Compiling and Installing the XEmacs Editor
Compiling and installing the libraries is handled by a user-friendly shell
script. You will need to provide some information to the script, such as your
organization name and registration number. To run the script, type
/bin/sh xemacs/xemacs.install -d <installation directory>
Follow the script's directions, and provide the information which it prompts
When the script prompts you for the directory in which the distribution files
are located, you will find that you are unable to provide it with any directory
which the script will deem satisfactory. That is because it is necessary to
order the following additional parts which are necessary to continue with the
Part Number Qty Name Price
GM-96-3026 1 Goat, male 1000.00
CB-13-2395 1 Candle, black 50.00
CG-63-6376 1 Chalk dust container 10.00
IB-89-3335 5 Incense sticks 5.00
DE-44-8846 1 Dagger, ebon, curved 500.00
AS-87-2319 1 Altar, silver 10000.00
Wait until the additional parts arrive; you will be ready to continue the
installation the next Friday the 13th at midnight.
Ritual for Successfully Completing Installation
Stand in front of the computer. Pour out the chalk dust in an inscribed
pentagram around you; be sure that it is without breaks. Set an incense stick
at each of the five corners, the altar in front of the computer, and the candle
in front of the altar.
Light each of the incense sticks and the candles, chanting in a low voice:
Daemons and spirits of the netherworld
Forces of all that is chaotic and mysterious
Essence of Netscape and MicroSoft
I am coming here to appease you
I offer you this goat
That my software may work
I bind you here
Do not make my system crash
Let the software install as advertised
Place the goat on the altar, and slaughter it with the dagger.
May this goat feed you
Sate your lust for blood
Into it may your mischief fly
Not my computer
Make the software work
For this is the only way
Then spit into the computer's ventilation slots. This will complete different
circuits inside the computer, causing its motherboard and cards to function in
ways that the engineers never intended, thereby making your system compatible
with our libraries.
Reboot your computer. The installation is now complete.
[This has undergone a minor rewrite for XEmacs. It originally
appeared on rec.humor.funny courtesy of jonathan seth hayward
<email@example.com>, and is included by permission of the