A text editor, usually characterized by its extensibility. Often described as "the extensible, customizable, self-documenting, real-time display editor."

learn more… | top users | synonyms

12
votes
5answers
2k views

What are some excellent Emacs utter beginner resources?

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
468 views

As we call `#!/bin/perl` 'shebang', what we call `-*- perl -*-`?

The first line of a script may be in format of #! interpreter, so the shell will execute the script using the specific interpreter. This is so called shebang or shbang. Similarly, there can be some ...
3
votes
1answer
931 views

Emacs cperl mode - how to use tabs for indentation instead of spaces

Is there a way to make cperl mode in emacs use all tabs for indentation instead of spaces? I've tried setting indent-tabs-mode, and cperl-tab-always-indent. Here is my .emacs file: (defalias ...
9
votes
1answer
278 views

Is it possible to name windows in emacs

I would like to be able to name a window in emacs, and specify that window when opening and creating new buffers. I've looked through the manual but all I can find is find-file-other-window, which ...
3
votes
2answers
914 views

Forcing emacs to run with `-nw` when called from terminal

note: This question might have been asked before ( I think I saw it somewhere), but a quick search did not reveal anything. I would like to tell the difference when a command is run from a shell. ...
6
votes
1answer
573 views

Emacs and windows manager keyboard shortcuts without “Super” key

I found a classic M-series keyboard and I want to use it. However, it does not have the "Windows" key (a.k.a "Super"), only the Shift, Control and Alt modifiers. My keyboard shortcuts are cluttered ...
5
votes
2answers
552 views

Tracing the workings of a function in Emacs

I am learning emacs lisp. One of the things I was playing with was setting variables. So I go and set fill-column to 50 (setq fill-column 60). After this evaluating fill-column does give me 60, but ...
5
votes
2answers
957 views

Why is my hostname different in Emacs?

So I changed the name of my computer recently, by editing /etc/hostname. The bash prompt is user@name, so I know it has worked. But in emacs, in the window bar it says emacs@name.tiscali.co.uk. ...
9
votes
4answers
3k views

Emacs sync w/ Google Calendar and Contacts?

Is there a way to use Emacs to sync with Google Calendar and Google Contacts, ideally keeping a local copy so I can access them offline?
6
votes
2answers
562 views

Directory shortcuts in emacs buffer

So I asked this question about directory shortcuts in a shell. The idea is I'd like to be able to open a file in /home/Documents/foo, say, by typing C-x C-f ~foo/file. So, is there a way to emulate ...
2
votes
1answer
455 views

How can I suppress unneeded output from emacsclient?

I use emacs fairly regularly and am trying to configure my system to use emacsclient when possible. To do this I have done the following: In .bashrc: EDITOR='emacsclient -ca emacs' ...
252
votes
14answers
148k views

What are the pros and cons of Vim and Emacs?

How would you compare these editors? What are the pros and cons of each? [note] This is not meant to be answered by those who "hate one and love another" or those who haven't used both.