Version skew: Emacs 23.3-{1,2} vs cygwin1.dll/silent failure of emacs

John Kubiatowicz
Thu Jun 23 18:46:00 GMT 2011

There seems to be a problem with using the latest emacs and latest 
cygwin dll together.

I updated my cygwin release yesterday in hopes of fixing the broken 
openssh/git problem (which wasn't fixed!).  However, in the process I 
lost emacs.

Behavior: all versions of emacs currently available with the cygwin 
installer (i.e. 23.3-{1,2}) fail silently.

Under slightly more investigation, it turns out that they were failing 
because of a missing routine: _feinitialise().

A little investigation suggests to me that perhaps this routine got 
added to the 1.7.8 release and removed from the 1.7.9 release.  So, I 
backed out to 1.7.8 dll and emacs worked again.  I suspect that emacs 
needs to be recompiled to work with 1.7.9.

My uninformed $0.02.


Professor John Kubiatowicz
673 Soda Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1776

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