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I don't want to get sidetracked too much here, but emacs -nw (in my opinion) ought to open a graphical instance of emacs, with a popup. However, foregoing the -nw switch will bring up the GUI, and an embedded CLI version is implied by the new window switch?

Anyway, can I make this


run as this

emacs -nw

and keep my business on the command line, where I've grown to like it?


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I think -nw stands for no window. Anyway you could make a shell alias, eg in bash

alias emacs='emacs -nw'
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Yeah that did it. Note the space between alias emacs and the lack of space between emacs=''. At first it wasn't working, it's a sensitive command. Also, this had to go in .bashrc. – Droogans May 5 '12 at 14:21

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