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I know the command in the .emacs for long line truncation is:

(setq-default truncate-lines t)

or the keystroke:

M-x <RET> toggle-truncate-lines <RET>

but how do I pass these as parameters launching emacs from the shell?

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emacs --eval '(setq-default truncate-lines t)'
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Thank you! The quotes make all the difference it seems, I assume without them the shell tries to interpret them as a bash expression rather then a Lisp command passed to emacs? – Hooked Sep 12 '11 at 13:26

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