I finally found a folder at
(emacs on my setup is on C:\emacs) containing a bunch of .el files that I assume are mode files, and placed newlisp.el
in it. Not a single posting or guide found thus far even mentions that folder. Then I found a book I bought years ago on Gnu Emacs which was up to date for emacs 21.3, in which some poring (in chapter 13) revealed that my .emacs file should be placed in whatever folder is configured to be my HOME folder. That was not yet defined, so I created that User Variable via Control Panel, and Advanced System Settings. Then, I created the .emacs file, and copied the emacs load code from the newlisp.el
README into it. Naturally, I had to change the folder where newlisp.el is found, accordingly.
So, I am at the point where emacs loads normally (until I got things right, it complained of not finding the file), and the result is ... hopeless. Because, when I load a newlisp file, I get no syntax colouring, nor do I get the option of shelling out to program execution, and editing by turns, which is the whole point of the many hours that I have spent. Ptooey! Blech!
And that, sadly is the state of MY
discussion on newlisp mode.
I did find a little program, though, named "LispIDE" for windows. One has to create a batch file, containing for example:
name it [anything].bat (I used myprogram.bat), and then (in LispIDE) use Tools menu to set the path, being that .bat file. Once that's done, all one needs to do is use the reset icon each time the program is to be run.
Syntax highlighting is colourful and good, and, side-stepping my java isse, this will do just fine on Win 7 at work, because I do only small test programs there.
In the end, though, I am irked that I can't get emacs to work usefully for me on Windows - even for Latex, I resorted to TexWorks. The exact same file that works fine in (Win 7) TexWorks results in many Latex errors under emacs in Win 7. The PDF does finally print and is ok, but who wants to press OK sixty times to get a PDF?
On Ubuntu, I use both Emacs and TexWorks interchangeably for Latex without problems.
Once again, if there is a newlisp user who is actually successfully using both emacs and newLISP on Win 7
, it would be great if that person could share setup experience with me.
Having said all that, I am still grateful, as always, to rickyboy and whoever else lends a hand.