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Where can I get general information about Emacs?

If you have general questions about Emacs, the best places to start looking are the Emacs manual and the standard Emacs FAQ. If you already have Emacs, you can browse the manual using Info by typing "C-h i m Emacs RET", and you can view the FAQ by typing "C-h F". Or you can browse both of them online:

NTEmacs Mailing List

NTEmacs has a vibrant and helpfull mailing list, for people to report problems, and suggest improvements.

The name of the NT Emacs mailing list is ntemacs-users@cs.washington.edu. It's a majordomo administered list, so, if you would like to subscribe to the mailing list, send a message to ntemacs-users-request@cs.washington.edu with the word "subscribe" in the body of the message.

To unsubscribe from the list, send a message to ntemacs-users-request@cs.washington.edu with the word "unsubscribe" in the body of the message. Please do not send the unsubscribe message to the list itself, but to the request alias instead. Sending the message to the list does not unsubscribe you from it, and it tends to be annoying to people on the list.

If you are trying to unsubscribe from the list but are encountering problems, send me mail directly and I will manually remove you from the list. Again, do not send mail to the list complaining that you cannot unsubscribe from it.

Extra information about MULE

There are several sites that may be of interest to users of MULE: ftp://ftp.etl.go.jp/", and ftp://ftp.scphys.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ both contains papers written by the original developers of Mule., and http://www.m17.org/ is another site with Multilingual info.

I've recently discovered that there are also two MULE mailing lists, one in Japanese and another one in English. The English list is low traffic but alive. To subscribe, send


to mule-ctl@m17n.org.

Where can I find more Lisp packages?

The best place to start looking is in the newsgroup gnu.emacs.sources, this can be searched online via Deja.com

After that the Emacs Lisp List, which is maintained by Stephen Eglen <stephen@anc.ed.ac.uk> , is another good starting point, this lists several hundred lisp files, and a brief description, and thanks to ell.el can be used from within Emacs.

Many people maintain small pages of packages that they have written, or maintain - the best way to

Reading MAN pages without Man, (WoMan)

WoMan allows Unix MAN pages to be browsed within Emacs, this lisp package requires no external programs.

Find it here; http://centaur.maths.qmw.ac.uk/Emacs/WoMan/.

Where can I find a port of the diff program (e.g, for ediff)?

You'll need a port of diff before you can use the ediff package in Emacs. Each of the GNU-Win32, UWIN, and Reed-Kotler toolsets have a port of diff that you can use with Emacs; see the Unix tools port section below. If you just want diff and aren't in the mood for switching to a new toolset environment, then you can download the RK toolset and use the diff from there in isolation.

Where can I find a port of the patch program?

Patch 2.5 based upon mods by Tim Smith <tzs@halcyon.com> and a few by Andrew Innes <andrewi@harlequin.co.uk>:

What other Unix tools have been ported to NT and/or Windows 95/98?

Probably the first place you should look for more GNU tools is at Cygwin toolset. The toolset is a port of the GNU tools to the Windows API, as well as a set of libraries that allow Unix programs to compile to Windows with little or no modification. The project is at http://sourceware.cygnus.com/cygwin/

Michael Main <main@cs.colorado.edy> has collected together ports of various Unix programming environments and languages to Windows for classes that he teaches. See http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~main/plcd.html for an overview; e.g., a version of the mingw32 port of Unix tools is at http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~main/mingw32/.

There is also a directory of GNU software which has been ported to the Windows platform, which is available at http://www.gnusoftware.com/. This directory also contains several patches for Emacs running on Windows, to give extra functionality, see here for details.

The UWIN project at AT&T Research is another project whose goal is to enable UNIX applications to build and run with little or no modification on Windows NT/95. Part of the UWIN project includes a port of ksh done by David Korn. For more information, see http://www.research.att.com/sw/tools/uwin.

An older set of the GNU tools that I have seen offered on ftp sites for NT and Windows 95 have been based on the Congruent tools (I have heard mixed reviews of these ports, so use with your own discretion). An ftp site that seems to offer the full set of these tools is ftp.cc.utexas.edu/microlib/nt/gnu.

Microsoft also has a collection of tools for use with NT, including Unix tools such as cron, ps, kill, and nice, as well as a number of NT specific tools. A list of these tools is at http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/nts/exec/vendors/freeshare/maintnce.asp.

If you're a perl user, then you probably want the port of perl to Windows. You can download a perl distribution from any of the CPAN mirror sites, such as ftp://ftp.cdrom.com/pub/perl/CPAN/ports/win32/Standard/. For a complete list of CPAN mirrors, see ftp://ftp.cdrom.com/pub/perl/CPAN/SITES.html.

David Wihl is maintaining a FAQ about porting Unix applications to NT. It can be found at http://www.nentug.org/unix-to-nt.

Chris Szurgot is also collecting and implementing Unix style tools for Windows 95 (and presumably NT). See http://www.itribe.net/virtunix.

Jeff Paquette <paquette@mediaone.net> has a collection of the GNU text utilities for Windows. See http://atnetsend.ne.mediaone.net/~paquette/WinProgramming.html.

Reed Kotler <reed@reedkotler.com> and Budi Sutardja have created a toolset of Unix tools (shells, bin and text utils, and one of his packages even includes a precompiled version of Emacs). See http://www.reedkotler.com.

NTWare.com collects free software for NT (Win9X?).

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