Why can I not run games in the Mac Terminal?

TerminalN00B September 3, 2011
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When I type emacs, it keeps saying “dumpemacs: Must be run as root unless -n is used emacs: child exited with status 1”

Is it that I am running an old version? I am running Mac OS X version 10.4.11, and I am running Terminal version 1.5.1. Is that too old to do this? Pleas Help!

  1. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    1)go to the foler application. Open the ultilities folder. open the Terminal
    2)copy and paste this line of code:ls /usr/share/emacs/21.2/lisp/play
    3)to play the games, type in "emacs" without the quotes
    4)press esc and x at the same time
    5)type in the name of the game

    How to Play Game with Emacs
    http://www.usingmac.com/2008/6/23/play-emacs-games-on-mac-os-x

    4 Fun And Simple Things You Can Do Using Terminal [Mac]
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-fun-and-simple-things-you-can-do-using-terminal-mac/

    How to play games in mac terminal
    http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-play-games-in-mac-terminal/

  2. Jeffery Fabish
    September 3, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Hi TerminalN00B,

    I don't use Mac, however on Linux this would suggest you need to be an elevated user. Try running the game (in the terminal) but prepend "sudo". Perhaps the command is different on the Mac.

    So if your original command (that invoked the error) was "abcdefg" now it should be "sudo abcdefg".

    Sidenote: Don't run any untrusted programs as "sudo". This elevates your current user to root privileges which is insecure.