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Getting Tramp to work on Xemacs

What is Tramp?

Tramp is an ange-ftp like utility for Emacs/Xemacs that allows remote file viewing.
More modern than ange-ftp, it's normally used to invoke secure protocols like scp, ssh etc., whereas ange-ftp was ftp based as its name implies. Tramp is actually an acronym for 'Transparent Remote (file) Access, Multiple Protocol'.

The Xemacs documentation for Tramp may be found here.

What goes in Xemacs config file?

     (require 'tramp)
     (setq tramp-default-method "scp")
     (setq tramp-default-user "yourusername") 


What syntax do you use to open a file on a remote machine?


The online manuals specify this pretty clearly but I somehow didn't take what they said to heart. To avoid invoking "efs" (Which Xemacs needs for package downloading, so it can't be turned off, but is FTP based which we don't want) we need to use Tramp-like syntax which means use square brackets around the machine name. 

A major point of confusion is th…

Fedora 14 - Asus Motherboard - PS2 lockups Solved

Addendum: Somewhere along the line during one of the Fedora upgrades this blacklist file got saved off to an rpmsave file and the asus_ast0110 is happily being loaded with no ill effects. So I guess this issue has been fixed somwhere along the line.

Ever since installing FC14 on a ASUS P7P55D-E Pro system I was plagued with PS2 lockups. The only fix I was able to come up with was to bypass PS2 altogether and go with USB keyboard and mouse. Which worked fine but OTOH, things should just work, right?

Well finally the answer is in. Thanks to Bob P on the Fedora Forums as well as others such as Brad and Josh on the Ubuntu forums the problem seems to be related to a driver conflict between the PS2 driver and the asus_atk0110 driver which apparently has something to do with fans and fan speeds.

For Ubuntu this is bug #632048 which is a duplicate of bug #557065. The fix (or the workaround) is to blacklist the asus_atk0110 driver by simply editing the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and a…