: Learning GNU Emacs, 3rd Edition Downloading Alex Rice's application bundle of Emacs 21.3.5 Downloading Alex Rice's application bundle of Emacs 21.3.5

Most Mac users will want to grab a prebuilt binary version of Emacs that's all ready to go. Alex Rice created just such a build. It can be found online (for free![91]) at: http://mindlube.com/products/emacs/index.html. You can download directly from that page, but be sure to grab the correct version. You can pick from the Jaguar (Mac OS X 10.2) version or the Panther (Mac OS X 10.3) version.

You'll be downloading a .dmg file which is the Mac disk image format. It should automatically unpack and mount itself, but if it doesn't for some reason, just double-click on the .dmg file after it is completely downloaded.

As it launches, you'll need to read and agree to the license. After you do that, you should have a new "disk" mounted and you'll see the Emacs application all ready to drag and drop. (See Figure 13-4.)

Figure13-4.The mounted disk image for Emacs on Mac OS X (Panther)

Drag the big gnu to your Applications folder and off you go. That really is all there is to it. Many, many thanks to Alex Rice and Mindlube! (And feel free to eject the mounted image once you have copied Emacs to your hard drive.)

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