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I administrate a couple of servers and do automation with both python and ruby at times.

I've seen some awesome Youtube videos of users with multiple open windows, logged in background chats, and deep code completion, all done with emacs. I'm currently using vi and would like to learn emacs.

Altogether doing away with any and all forms of GUI (suggestions for text browsing in emacs welcome) would be perfect in my current environment, especially for decluttering and focus.

Content similar to would be perfect.

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Not really a tutorial, but I'd consider installing Emacs Starter Kit--I find it really useful. – alex Jan 20 '11 at 11:54
The emacs manual? :-) – Faheem Mitha Jun 17 '14 at 17:48

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See the questions in stack overflow:

Other resources to check out when you get stuck:

  • FAQ: C-h C-f
  • info pages: C-h i
  • Emacs Wiki
  • M-x apropos-documentation (search Emacs variable/function documentation)
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There is emacs built-in tutorial, available by typing Ctrl+h, thent. It can be considered as the vimtutor equivalent.

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Great. Will try this first. – Forkrul Assail Jan 21 '11 at 11:27
I really think that this is the best way to start learning Emacs from scratch--it makes no assumptions about your previous knowledge, so is perfect exactly for the utter beginner. – Tikhon Jelvis Dec 13 '11 at 2:26

My strategy was to go through the tutorial, and after that just google all the time. Now it seems time to go through the elisp manual; problems I have these days do seem to require knowing more about that.

(let me sneak in a recommendation for org-mode at

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Unable to determine IP address from host name Is that correct? – Forkrul Assail Jan 21 '11 at 11:27
Sorry about that, should be I'll correct the answer. – kasterma Jan 21 '11 at 14:58

A really good video to watch is:

Does an excellent job of covering all the basics, but it'll cost some money to get.

I asked a similar question on StackOverflow and rather then me copying everything over check out:

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Thanks. Got myself the video. Also following the inline tutorials. – Forkrul Assail Feb 22 '11 at 6:54

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