Bug 221321 - XEmacs Advanced Options Menu Nonfunctional
XEmacs Advanced Options Menu Nonfunctional
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xemacs-packages-extra (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Ville Skyttä
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2007-01-03 15:16 EST by Matt Fago
Modified: 2009-01-09 02:02 EST (History)
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Description Matt Fago 2007-01-03 15:16:16 EST
Description of problem:

Latest XEmacs from fc6 extras has a nonfunctional menu:
Options -> Advanced -> Emacs
which hinders customization and causes XEmacs to backtrace.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
xemacs.x86_64 21.5.27-5.fc6

How reproducible: 100%

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install (with OUT sources xemacs*-el)
xemacs.x86_64                            21.5.27-5.fc6          installed
xemacs-common.x86_64                     21.5.27-5.fc6          installed
xemacs-info.x86_64                       21.5.27-5.fc6          installed
xemacs-packages-base.noarch              20060510-3.fc6         installed
xemacs-packages-extra.noarch             20060510-4.fc6         installed
xemacs-packages-extra-info.noarch        20060510-4.fc6         installed

2. Run Xemacs
3. Select in menu Options -> Advanced -> Emacs
Actual results:
Get "No menu" and a lisp backtrace (see Novell Bugzilla)

Expected results:
Should see a very large list of things to customize (without a backtrace)

Additional info:
This was reported by the Novell SuSE bugzilla (see URL or reference below).
Their suggestion to install the lisp sources (xemacs*-el) causes XEmacs to try
to checkout something from CVS and then freeze.

Novell has a link to an upstream report to the XEmacs developers, but their
message-boards are down so I could not easily investigate further.
Comment 1 Ville Skyttä 2007-01-03 16:57:32 EST
Reproduced, unfortunately this looks like something that will take some time to
fix.  The issue is in xemacs-packages-extra.  In the meantime, one workaround is
indeed to install xemacs-packages-extra-el and its dependencies.

The CVS checkout issue is related but something different, caused by issues in
the upstream "build" lisp package.  It's not really useful for people not
involved with XEmacs development, so it can be removed eg. with (one long
command as root):

xemacs -batch -vanilla -l package-admin -eval
"(package-admin-delete-binary-package 'build \"/usr/share/xemacs/xemacs-packages\")"
Comment 2 Matt Fago 2007-01-04 09:40:57 EST
Thanks, workaround confirmed: the menu does work now, albeit somewhat slowly as
I guess it is using source vs compiled lisp.

Thanks for the command to remove the cvs checkout call. I imagine the freeze I
reported above was related to network or cvs issues.
Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 01:28:39 EDT
Fedora apologizes that these issues have not been resolved yet. We're
sorry it's taken so long for your bug to be properly triaged and acted
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Comment 4 Garrett Mitchener 2008-05-01 14:32:58 EDT
I'm still seeing this in fedora 8. (Bugzilla won't let me update this bug from
f6 to f8)

From the above discussion, it sounds like you've got a solution in mind.  It
would be nice to have this fixed in fedora 9...

There's some info about this bug on the SUSE bugzilla:

Comment 5 Peter van Egdom 2008-05-03 19:03:29 EDT
Changing version from "6" to "8", as per comment #4.
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Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2009-01-09 02:02:57 EST
Fedora 8 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-01-07. Fedora 8 is 
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