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Thanks (was: Re: Where is LEIM for cygwin's emacs 21.2?)

Ken Brown <> writes:

> On 8/5/2009 4:16 AM, Harald Joerg wrote:
>> Very rarely I need to type one or two japanese characters in my
>> emacs, and I recall that I did it with LEIM and set-input-method quite
>> easily.   However, in my current installation, emacs says that LEIM
>> isn't installed.
> [...]
>> As a workaround, I fetched emacs-leim from the web, extracted the
>> tar.bz2 and symlinked the contents to /usr/share/21.2/leim.  Now
>> set-input-method works as expected.  But I doubt that this is how it
>> ought to be.
>>  * Is there something wrong with my installation (old installation,
>>    carried over from another machine)?
> No.  There was confusion a couple of years ago when it looked like emacs 
> was going to be updated to version 22.1 (which did include leim).  At 
> that point emacs-leim was declared obsolete.  Unfortunately, the 
> emacs-22.1 build turned out to be unstable, but emacs-leim was never 
> reinstated.
>>  * Would a switch to emacs and emacs-el 23.0.92 be the recommended
>>    solution (emacs-el 23.0.92 apparently contains LEIM)?
> Yes.  BTW, emacs-el is irrelevant; it just contains the library source 
> files (*.el).  The byte-compiled libraries (*.elc), including leim, are 
> in the emacs package.

Excellent!  Many thanks for your clarfications, on both emacs-leim and
cygwin's emacs-el package.

I have just installed emacs 23.0.92 from setup.exe's "experimental"
branch and Japanese characters work like charm.

As an additional bonus I found that Emacs is able to save Japanese
characters as Unicode which makes interoperation with other programs
much easier.  Excellent!

All I had to do after the upgrade was to *remove* my private
installation of gnus 5.10.6.  It was outdated, didn't work with Emacs23,
and is not necessary since a perfectly working Gnus v5.13 comes bundled
with cygwin's emacs 23.0.92.  Wonderful!

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