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On OS X, how do I start Cocoa emacs and bring it to front?

I have Emacs for OS X installed on my MacBook Pro. In order to launch Emacs from the command line, I have created a file called /usr/bin/emacs with the following contents:

/Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Emacs "$@"

and I have chmoded the file to make it executable.

However, when I launch emacs from the command line, the emacs GUI window goes to the bottom of the UI stack and the terminal window stays on top. Is there any way I can get the emacs GUI to go to the top of the UI stack?

marked as duplicate by slhck, 3498DB, Tom Wijsman, ChrisF, Dennis Jul 11 '12 at 18:18

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You could add something like this:

osascript -e 'tell application "Emacs" to activate'

This will launch an AppleScript event that brings up the Emacs window, wherever it is.

  • Adding that line and commenting out the /Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Emacs "$@" line worked but then the emacs window that launches does not open the file that I passed in as the argument to the emacs command on the command line. – Arunabh Das Sep 19 '11 at 20:57
  • Also...if I add that line without commenting out the /Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Emacs "$@" line, then it just launches 2 sets of windows with the one containing the file I was trying to open still at the bottom of the UI stack. – Arunabh Das Sep 19 '11 at 21:01
  • Found the correct solution here - superuser.com/questions/73500/… – Arunabh Das Sep 19 '11 at 21:07
  • Ah, fair enough. Let's just close it then. – slhck Sep 19 '11 at 21:18

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