One annoying thing about using emacs on remote systems is the absence
of your own initialization & configuration code. It’s of course
possible to push your own, but often it’s annoying. Configuration
often gets rather involved: my own
.emacs.d directory contains many
packages and libraries that are not shipped with standard emacs
distributions. Another common scenario is that you use shared
accounts, making editor configurations rather intrusive.
So, I sought to simplify the situation.
make-emacs creates for you a simple, self-contained
and relocatable script that allows you to invoke emacs with your own
configuration anywhere. For example:
$ make-emacs ~/.emacs.d /tmp/e $ scp /tmp/e remoteserver: $ ssh remoteserver $ ./e MYFILE extracting emacs.d.. <emacs bliss>
It uses shar to create a self-extracting archive and wraps
that extraction code to invoke emacs properly. It also caches the
extracted configuration files, so that it only has to perform a
shar extraction once.