I compiled Emacs from CVS yesterday, badly breaking it in X11. It would die horribly in a segmentation fault whenever I started it in graphical mode, even if I specified -q —no-site-file to make it skip all the configuration files. It worked just fine in console mode (-nw), but I happen to like being able to see images and different fonts in my Emacs, so that was a no go.
For a moment, I was worried that Emacs had finally outgrown my computer’s memory capacity. A little searching and some help on #emacs suggested that the problem might lie with fontconfig. I had removed a number of font packages in order to free up enough space for a system upgrade. Maybe that was the reason why Emacs was crashing on me! I tested it with this command:
emacs -q --no-site-file -fn '-misc-fixed-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*'
and Emacs loaded. Whee! I added the following to my ~/.Xdefaults to
make this happen automatically whenever I start Emacs.
Life is back to normal.
Random Emacs symbol: planner-low-priority-task-face – Face: Face for low-priority tasks.
I’ve just added Postreach to my blog. That’s the row of little icons that shows up on my website. If you’re reading this through RSS, you can see this post for an example. It seems like a good way for people to leave feedback. Think some posts are cool? Click. Confused? Click. As a bonus, you’ll also get recommendations of other posts with similar ratings. Let’s see how this works out…
Random Emacs symbol: custom-browse-only-groups – Variable: If non-nil, show group members only within each customization group.
Day 2. So far, so good. I did another fifteen minutes of core
exercises today: five minutes of crunches, five minutes of leg raises,
and five minutes of push-ups. Granted, there’s a fair bit of resting
in those five minutes, but I feel better about this than about making
it to X crunches (that just makes me feel guilty when I rest!).
Tomorrow, I’m going to try reps until failure.
Random Emacs symbol: w3m-process-start – Function: Run COMMAND with ARGUMENTS, and eval HANDLER asynchronously.