The Emacs text editor, one of the main text editors used on Unix and derivative operating systems.

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Emacs font settings not working in new frame

I'm trying to get comfortable with emacs. I installed emacs starter kit. Now I'm trying to customize fonts. In ~/.emacs.d/init.el I did (set-frame-font ...
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Can I tell emacs to paste (middle mouse button) on the cursor position?

If I paste text from, for example, the browser into emacs, the emacs cursor is often already at the position where I want to paste the text. If I would use emacs in console mode, I could just move the ...
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MobileOrg not finding Emacs org file with ssh server

I'm just getting starting using org-mode with Emacs - I thought I'd use it as an alternative to Evernote. Having it on my mobile is pretty important (I'm using the Android version). I'm getting the ...
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How to make urxvt and emacs display fonts the same way?

Here's an image of emacs (left) and urxvt (right) displaying contents of the same file. Note how urxvt characters are shorter, wider, and (to me) not as pleasing to the eye. On some systems ...
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Troubles reading gmail with gnus

I am trying to configure emacs to fetch my mail from gmail and have got into some troubles. I am getting "NO" as answer from gmail server all the time. I have followed instructions offered at gnus ...
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How can I get my prompt back after starting Emacs from the command line?

After I type emacs somefile at the command prompt and hit Enter, I don't get my prompt back until after Emacs closes. How can I run Emacs so that I get the prompt back immediately after Emacs starts? ...
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How to interrupt emacs when control-g does not work in very large files?

I've run into some kind of O(n^2) or worse behavior when viewing very large (e.g. 128MB) files in Emacs and jumping to the end of the file. I think it may have to do with my coloring algorithm to ...
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Emacs Evil search and replace function

Emacs has a Vim emulator mode called Evil. This mode has a search-replace function that does basically the same thing as highlighting a region and running sed on it. The brilliant thing about this ...
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How do I prevent a child process from inheriting compatibility setting? (Display scaling)

When I enable the “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings” setting on the compatibility tab for a program. It looks like any programs spawned from that program also inherits this setting. Is ...
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emacs remove spaces to the edge of the page

I often find myself needing to delete a lot of whitespace to the edge of the page when working in emacs. How can remove it in a quick keystroke? I looked around in the "deleting whitespace" emacs ...
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“Procmail” component of getmail - spamassassin - procmail - mu4e

I'm a newbie trying to work out the following mail solution on a laptop where I'm the only user: getmail - spamassassin - procmail - mu4e (an emacs mail program) Right now I'm succeeding at ...
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How to copy and paste between cygwin's vi/emacs and windows clipboard?

I tried to paste what I copied in windows clipboard into cygwin's vi or emacs, and it doesn't seem to work with yy (vi) or M-w (emacs). Is there a way to do it? I learned that /etc/clipboard has the ...
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How to change the default directory in emacs?

When I'm using M-x gdb when lots of source files are open in emacs, the default directory in emacs is often different with the directory of my working copy to run that file i want to run. It's ...
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“ + Suspended (tty output) emacs dummy.cc”

I get this error when I try to open a file using emacs using: emacs dummy.cc & How do I open the file using emacs in a new tab and not on the terminal?
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emacs: how to indent/unindent region of python code by 4 spaces?

I have a region of python code selected in emacs. What are the most efficient ways to indent and unindent every line in it by 4 spaces? Ideally I'd like something that's not context sensitive (eg. ...
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Exceed X server not allowing copy/paste from windows apps to X apps

Most of the time I can copy/paste just fine from Chrome on Windoze to EMACS running on linux, displayed on Windoze using Exceed onDemand Client 8. But then it will get into some kind of state where ...
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How to disable auto-save in emacs only for files opened as root

I want to use emacs auto-save feature with tramp, but only for file that I don't open using sudo. My current configuration, based on the tramp documentation, looks like this: ;;;;;;;; BAKUCP ;;;;;;;; ...
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Disable xemacs modes and highlighting

How can i disable all the modes in XEmacs that change the appearance or behaviour of my text files? All i want from XEmacs is to just show the text and make changes according to my keyboard input and ...
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How to select and kill column in Emacs

I want to select a column in emacs and remove it. For example, here I want to remove the word test. This is a test text... This is a test text... This is a test text... In Visual Studio, or ...
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Is it possible to get ESC to behave as an actual escape key?

So I have finally switched to Emacs, not so much because I'm yet convinced it is in itself the better editor but because it certainly does have more powerful extensions. I am still using vim-mode ...
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open a pgp file and edit the decrypted content, re-encrypt on save [closed]

I use dropbox to backup my data, but I don't trust it. It's mostly for .txt files Is there a way of opening them (with emacs or sublime text or something else), and edit the underlying content like ...
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Emacs cursor is invisible in tmux in iterm2

When I try to use emacs -nw inside a tmux pane under iterm2, the cursor is invisible. This behavior is present regardless of which theme I use in iterm2. I'm using emacs version 24.5 on Mac OS X ...
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Cygwin, emacs and associate it with a file type on Windows

I want to use Emacs as and editor and shell. On Windows 7 I installed cygwin , X11 and emacs. In terminal I added to /etc/profile file these lines: XWin -multiwindow 2> /dev/null& export ...
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Can I force OSX to keep an app in RAM?

I use Emacs and want it to be super-snappy whenever I switch to it to perform an operation. Unfortunately, often I will switch to it and a noticeable delay occurs after the first keystroke. I'm ...
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Edit file in-place without modifying line endings

I need to modify sources under Git version control. The sources are Visual Studio project files, which makes them native Microsoft. I want to avoid whitespace issues, including line ending games. I ...
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Disable default option key binding

In any text editor, when I type ⌥ p it inserts π at cursor ⌥ w it inserts ∑ at cursor Thus every key when pressed with option ⌥ inserts some special character. Question How can I disable this ? ...
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Editor with dictionary word completion [closed]

Is there an linux editor which can autocomplete words from a dictionary? I don't ask for autocompletion of already written words in a document (like gedit does). Also I am not looking for (personally ...
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What is Caret-At (^@) under emacs?

I'm use to seeing Caret-M (^M) under Emacs. But below, I'm seeing Caret-At (^@): The file was created by running the Crypto++ test program on OpenBSD with the command ./cryptest.exe > ...
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How can I get emacs 24.* under windows to autocomplete paths in shell buffers using “\” instead of “/”?

See How can I get emacs under windows to autocomplete paths in shell buffers using "\" instead of "/"? I use emacs on windows 7, when calling M-x shell, emacs opens a DOS-Shell. ...
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Cygwin Mintty unicode doesn't display fail despite having dejavu sans mono and everything

Edit the problem is ubuntu machine can't display \u03bb as greek lambda symbol ubuntu is remote: [ubuntu@ubuntu:~]$echo -e "\xce\xbb\x0a" λ [ubuntu@ubuntu:~]$echo -e "\u03bb" \u03BB this is ...
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How to display unicode character in emacs

I use terminal based emacs latest on ubuntu. in the terminal unicode characters display fine. But in emacs when I insert a unicode for example C-x 8 RET and some hex 455 it displays as \u0455. I had ...
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Emacs Rmail Gmail - No Mail

I am trying to setup Rmail to read my Gmail account. I have tried following the instructions on emacswiki: (setenv "MAILHOST" "pop3server") (setq rmail-primary-inbox-list '("po:username") ...
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Info: how to get a list of all articles programmatically?

I'm contemplating an improved indexing of Info pages with Sphinx. But in order to do this, I'd need some way of programmatically extracting all nodes (in order to then insert the contents of each node ...
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Emacs showing grey background where there are no characters

Since a couple of days, my Emacs is showing a light grey background on the parts of the window that are not covered by characters (see screenshot). Text appears normally black on white (as per ...
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Making Org-Mode to remember folding?

I am a recent convert to Org-Mode. I like it a lot but I am having an issue with reopening files. When I open a org file, Org-Mode does not remember the folding which sux, because I have to resetup ...
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Ubuntu: how to remove emacs 23 data files

I had emacs 23 installed via apt-get, but I want to remove it completely before upgrading to emacs 24. I did sudo apt-get remove emacs* to remove emacs 23. But some emacs 23 files remain. locate ...
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How can I have Emacs window(s) and cygwin shell running simultaneously on Windows?

I have Cygwin working with Emacs 24.3.1 on windows 8.1 with Emacs downloaded from the Cygwin installation, however I can't use Emacs and the Cygwin shell at the same time or open up multiple Emacs ...
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Emacs not loading init file when run as sudo

Emacs loads my .emacs.d/init.el startup file just fine when run as a regular user, but refuses to load it when run as sudo emacs file.type. I have tried changing the owner of .emacs.d to root with no ...
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Emacs - Disable Some Minibuffer Messages

In Emacs, there are some cases where I would like to prevent messages from appearing in the minibuffer, mainly pertaining to "Beginning/End of buffer" and "Text is read-only". Is there any way I can ...
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making emacs prelude and cua-mode work together?

I was wonder if it is possible to make emacs prelude and cua mode work together. I like the power of emacs-prelude but am really not comfortable with the fact that arrow keys are disabled. On the ...
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I have to press twice C-b in emacs in osx terminal

I installed emacs through brew in osx, everytime I press C-b it doesn't do anything. I have to press it twice every time to make it work once. Any idea?
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Install emacs customized way

I am using fedora 22/centos 7 (x86_64) on my Acer laptop. I was trying to install Emacs GNU editor. dnf -y install emacs When I am installing Emacs GNU editor it installs Emacs and Emacs client ...
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How can I show vertical indentations markers with Emacs?

I'm looking for an Emacs package or configuration that makes it possible to mark indentations with vertical lines, like those shown in the following screenshot of Sublime Text:
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ubuntu server on virtual box, slow performance troubleshoot

I run Ubuntu 14.02 headless server on a Virtual Box. I ssh into the box using Cygwin. I use screen, it has ~6 tabs open. In the first tab I run ember serve. It watches files for changes, and serves ...
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Is there a quick way to indent tags in org-mode?

Org-mode seems to put tags assigned by C-c C-q a fixed number of tab stops after the headline. However, with editing, tag addition, and increased headline length, the tag display can get really ragged ...
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Don't change the cursor position when scrolling in Emacs

Is there a way to stop Emacs from automatically moving my text-cursor position (aka, point) while I'm scrolling? I keep losing my location and marks with this annoying behavior. I tested the ...
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emacs can't create new files (linux)

In bash, I can usually create a new file and open it using $ emacsclient -n -c test123 (assuming an emacs process is already running) However, after the most recent Arch-Linux upgrade it doesn't ...
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how to change the right control key in a super/hyper modifier in emacs

I'd like to change the right control key along into a "super" modifier and right alt key into the "alt" modifier (not the Meta) in Solaris and Linux (as I know how to do that in Windows using ...
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How can I add a shortcut of App to Spotlight database?

I want to use nightly builds of Emacs in OSX so I've done like this. $ brew install emacs --cocoa --use-git-head --HEAD $ mv /Applications/Emacs.app /Applications/Emacs.app.stable $ ln -s ...
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emacs gnus setup for email sending

I setup emacs for receiving my email. my settings like this: (setq gnus-secondary-select-methods '((nnml ""))) (setq mail-sources '((pop :server "pop.163.com" :user "username" ...