In my old versions of Ubuntu I would automatically get the dot-el files for emacs when I installed it. This was very useful because if I wanted a private version of a function (eg compile-without-questions automatically saves all files before running the compile function) I could consult the source of the official version and amend it.

My work-place used Red Hat and I was able to add to the specification of new machines that some package was installed that contained the dot-el files (the source code versus the compiled code) but I can't remember what it was.

My home machine is Debian-based (Mint) and I'm looking for a similar Debian package but failing. Is there one?

I know I could install Emacs from source for myself and get them that way but that seems overkill.


I think you’re looking for emacs24-el, emacs25-el, or emacs-el, depending on the version of Emacs you have (emacs-el is for Emacs 26).

  • spot on, thank you. There was no emacs-el so I had to work out which version of emacs I was running (25) and install emacs25-el – Haydon Berrow May 16 '19 at 12:32

In my debian system there is a package named emacs24-el with the sources.

  • Thank you, I needed emacs25-el but that hint would have given me the correct answer – Haydon Berrow May 16 '19 at 12:33

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