[ESS] [OT] emacs on OS X (was Re: ESS 14.09 released)

Gregory R. Warnes greg at warnes.net
Mon Sep 15 15:52:10 CEST 2014

Hi Andreas,

I’m happily using OSX 10.9.4 with Vincent Goulet’s Emacs distribution on a 2013 MacBook Pro.

I haven’t seen the stability issues or the problem you’re experiencing.  


On Sep 15, 2014, at 9:24 AM, Andreas Leha <andreas.leha at med.uni-goettingen.de> wrote:

> Hi Stephen/all,
> Sorry for making this thread off-topic.  But I need to say this
> somewhere.  Please just ignore.
> I recently had to switch to OS X as well.  I see a lot of problems with
> emacs here, unfortunately.
> I also solved the distnoted problem by upgrading to newest emacs.
> But most annoyingly, I get emacs to start only every third time or so.
> All the other times the frame (or OS X window) does not appear and the
> Emacs process constantly uses 50% of one CPU.  My only 'solution' is to do
> kill -9 <PID> and try again until I succeed.
> I can not extend my Laptop's uptime over a week without getting an
> unstable system which will crash eventually.  Combined with my problems to
> start emacs, that makes it a pain to work on OS X.
> I do not even know how to debug this.
> If you are still reading: Thanks for listening.  I am feeling much
> better now ;-)
> Andreas
> Stephen Eglen <S.J.Eglen at damtp.cam.ac.uk> writes:
>>> I'm working to have a reliable version for OS X that includes the fix
>>> for the distnoted problem on Mavericks. Stay tuned.
>> the distnoted problem was a major pain and something I didn't see for
>> ages.  If you notice your battery draining quickly, and see "distnoted"
>> running, quit your emacs, and in a few seconds distnoted should calm
>> down.  I'm running on 24.4.50 to get around this pain.
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