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FS#69207 - [anthy] bunded Emacs frontend is broken

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Takamichi Horikawa (myon98) - Monday, 04 January 2021, 13:40 GMT
Last edited by Andreas Radke (AndyRTR) - Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 10:21 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Assigned
Assigned To Levente Polyak (anthraxx)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 0%
Votes 0
Private No



The anthy package includes an emacs frontend. However currently it does not run because its elisp uses older variables and syntax which were deprecated long ago. Some minor changes are required to use it on modern Emacs but the upstream seems to be dead for a decade. Some distributions seem to patch them on their own, and others seem to use debian-maintained fork as upstream. I have attached a minimal patch and PKGBUILD (not tested very throughly) for reference.

Anthy users who do not use the bundled Emacs frontend (including those who use X11 Emacs with XIM) are not affected.

Additional info:

Old-style backquote syntax was removed in 27.1 which was released on Aug 10, 2020.
process-kill-without-query was also removed in 27.1.
last-command-char was removed in 24.3 which was released on March 11, 2013.

Upstream bug report:


Maintains its own fork of Anthy

Switched to debian-maintained version

Steps to reproduce:
1. enable Emacs Anthy input method by adding (setq default-input-method "japanese-anthy") to init file
2. M-x toggle-debug-on-error
3. attempt to toggle Emacs input method by C-\
4. an error will be encountered and debugger will launch showing message such as "anthy.el: old-style backquotes detected!"
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