karlgoethebier has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi all,

After upgrading my Mac to 10.15.7 (19H2) AKA Catalina unfortunately i had to find out that Emacs is no longer available.

I couldn't find a version/recipe in a hurry to get my favorite editor back.

Thank you very much for any hint. Best regards, Karl

Update: Thanks to all for the friendly replies and good advice. I switched to Aquamacs. It seems to work. Probably i need to rethink some key bindings ;-)

«The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

perl -MCrypt::CBC -E 'say Crypt::CBC->new(-key=>'kgb',-cipher=>"Blowfish")->decrypt_hex($ENV{KARL});'Help

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Re: OT: Emacs on Mac Catalina?
by haj (Curate) on Oct 22, 2020 at 17:42 UTC
Re: OT: Emacs on Mac Catalina?
by LanX (Cardinal) on Oct 22, 2020 at 21:07 UTC
    I never had a Mac on my own, but my ex-GF used to have a no-window version pre-installed, but that was 10 years ago.

    That's what you mean? I'm pretty sure that was just a vanilla version which should be installable via package manager.

    Additionally I was able to install AquaMacs which came with the full Mac-OS look-and-feel (and keybindings IIRC ?).

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language :)
    Wikisyntax for the Monastery

Re: OT: Emacs on Mac Catalina?
by jszinger (Sexton) on Oct 23, 2020 at 16:12 UTC
    I’m using the version from MacPorts on my Mac. Works well.
Re: OT: Emacs on Mac Catalina?
by perlfan (Vicar) on Oct 22, 2020 at 18:38 UTC
    How did you install it? I've had a lot of success with these kinds of things by using homebrew.

      He! I didn’t install it as far as I can remember. Too long ago. It was just «there». It could be envoked in a terminal just by typing emacs. I didn’t think much about it. Now after I unfortunately switched to Catalina it isn’t no more «there». And it seems like all my funny elisp stuff is gone too. I tried to compile the latest version but there’s no autoconf on the Mac. I tried to install a binary but this causes some trouble with Apple‘s security policy. Years ago I played around with homebrew my PATH was cluttered somehow. I supressed the ugly details and decided to never use it again. And unfortunately it seems like the disk with my TimeMachine Backup got lost during my move to my new house.

      «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

      perl -MCrypt::CBC -E 'say Crypt::CBC->new(-key=>'kgb',-cipher=>"Blowfish")->decrypt_hex($ENV{KARL});'Help

        Not that it helps with the underlying problem at all, but I've always ignored the OS' copy and installed my own from homebrew. (In fact if you're doing anything non-trivial I'd recommend not using the OS' provided version of things like emacs, perl, python, ...; best to isolate yourself to the specific version you want controlled by you by compiling your own or using something like docker).

        I use this contributed formula which provides some extra options (enabling development / bleeding edge features or different app icons):

        https://github.com/d12frosted/homebrew-emacs-plus

        The cake is a lie.
        The cake is a lie.
        The cake is a lie.