Resource for integrating Emacs built from source into Debian
Emacs Lisp Shell


           Integrating Emacs built from source into Debian

               Maintainer: Reuben Thomas <>
           Author: Michael Olson <>

This git repository contains some useful resources for integrating
Emacs built from source into Debian or derivatives like Ubuntu.

There are two parts to this kit:

1. You should run debian-init.el early in your Emacs startup process
   (I load it immediately after setting up my load-path). It runs
   Debian’s Emacs init files.

2. restore-emacs should be run every time you update your Emacs
   installed from source (e.g. with git pull), from the top-level
   source directory. It “makes install” in the current directory,
   fixes some symlinks and installs emacs-snapshot_1.0_all.deb, a
   package which provides Emacs to satisfy the dependencies of other

Also, see

In emacsen-common 2.0.8 at least (possibly earlier), and until the bug is
fixed, /usr/lib/emacsen-common/packages/install/emacsen-common must be
patched to make installation work: lines 25-26, which read:

(cd /usr/share/${FLAVOR}/site-lisp
  ln -s ../../emacs/site-lisp/debian-startup.el .)

   should be replaced with:

ln -s /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/debian-startup.el /usr/share/${FLAVOR}/site-lisp/