There are four options to install inform-mode: via the Marmalade Emacs packaging system; using the package system on your OS; via the Makefile if you are on a Unix-derived system, have access to the 'make' program and have root access; or manually, which should work on all platforms. Each is described further below. XEmacs users should also see note 6.
Marmalade is a packaging system for Emacs. Follow the instructions on the website to add Marmalade to your list of package sources. Then inside emacs run
M-x package-install RET inform-mode RET
Some GNU/Linux systems have inform-mode available via their packaging systems. On Debian, Ubuntu or other derivatives you can run:
apt-get install inform-mode
However, this may not provide the latest version: if you want this try one of the following two methods.
Edit the file 'Makefile' and replace the name of your emacs binary and site-lisp directory if they are different.
to byte-compile the source. Then as root, eg using sudo:
to install the files to the site-lisp directory for your emacs so it is available for all users on your system.
First, byte-compile the file by running the following command (all on one line):
emacs -batch -q -no-site-file -eval "(setq load-path (cons (expand-file-name \".\") load-path))" --eval '(byte-compile-file "inform-mode.el")'
Replace Emacs with 'xemacs' if you are using XEmacs. Ignore any byte-compile warnings.
Next, copy inform-mode.elc to the directory you want to install it. If you put the file in a non-standard place, tell emacs where to find it by putting a line like:
(setq load-path (cons (expand-file-name "/path/to/file/") load-path))
in your .emacs.
For all options except 1) you will need to update your .emacs to autoload inform-mode and make it recognise .inf and .h files. Add the following:
(autoload 'inform-mode "inform-mode" "Inform editing mode." t) (autoload 'inform-maybe-mode "inform-mode" "Inform/C header editing mode.") (setq auto-mode-alist (append '(("\\.h\\'" . inform-maybe-mode) ("\\.inf\\'" . inform-mode)) auto-mode-alist))
You may need to install extra packages for inform-mode to work. If you are using the default XEmacs install on Windows, for example, you will need to install the 'ispell' and 'eterm' packages.