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Weird emacs 23.x error with packages

I’ve wasted a lot of time worrying about why an emacs init.el startup config that works on my aged Ubuntu box doesn’t work on Debian 10, if I try to refresh the packages from ‘Melpa’ (the solution is just as horrible.)

(setq gnutls-algorithm-priority “NORMAL:-VERS-TLS1.3”)

Huge thanks to:


for taking the time to share the results of a personal investment of time.
I don’t think I would have guessed that :slight_smile:

Much of the wasted time was because I got the same message when I had an expired GPG public key problem on Ubuntu, so I’ve been looking for the wrong problem.

At least I’ve learned it would be a good idea to put my working emacs config into git :-/

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