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When I open emacs from iterm, it opens in the background. How do I make it the active window when it opens?

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Does this happen only for emacs or for other applications as well? What does type emacs return? –  terdon Sep 10 '13 at 14:04

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open -a Emacs -arg or filename

The -a is for activate, which brings it into focus.

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