Francis Devereux

September 6, 2009

Running Carbon 22.3 on Snow Leopard

Filed under: Emacs, Mac OS X — frankoid @ 8:09 pm

Here’s how to get the Carbon GUI version of Emacs 22.3 running on Snow Leopard. It won’t compile on Snow Leopard, so you need to compile it on Leopard.


  • a mac running OS X 10.5.8 with Xcode 3.1.x installed
  • a mac running OS X 10.6.0 with Xcode 3.2 installed
  • the Emacs sources, emacs-22.3.tar.gz

On the 10.5.8 mac, extract the emacs sources and compile them:

tar xzf emacs-22.3.tar.gz
cd emacs-22.3
./configure --enable-carbon-app && nice make -j2

On the 10.6 mac, copy the emacs-22.3 directory from the 10.5.8 mac and install. The path ‘/Volumes/francis’ in the commands below is my home directory on the 10.5.8 mac, which I mounted on the 10.6 mac in Finder:

ditto /Volumes/francis/Code/unmodified/emacs-22.3 emacs-22.3
cd emacs-22.3
sudo make install

You should now have a working /Applications/ on your 10.6 (Snow Leopard) mac 🙂


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