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

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Is there a user interface in Emacs allowing one to “grab” the buffer's filename conveniently?

It happens quite often that I want to use the path of the file opened in a certain buffer in Emacs (either the full path or the basename) in another place (a buffer or a different X program, say, a ...
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Script for opening a file in an already existing emacs process

I keep emacs open all the time I'm working. I have several script that will launch all the apps and files related to a specific project. But, it will launch emacs again, rather than simply cause the ...
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emacs does not see my fonts in gentoo

I copied my ~/.emacs file from ubuntu linux; I've installed Consolas font (and it works in gnome terminal, and as a default Monospace font); but Emacs does not see it (custom-set-faces '(default ((t ...
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Keymapping problem when working with Emacs and Openbox

I have an Apple keyboard and I had to do some remapping of the keys to make the mod-4 key the first key to the left of the Space bar for when working with Emacs. The below script worked fine when I ...
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Emacs text-scale-adjust causes line numbers column to incrementally shrink and disappear

I've set up emacs to display line numbers (global-linum-mode 1), and it works until I start enlarging the text via text-scale-adjust The line numbers column starts to shrink, and disappears ...
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In Gnu Emacs how do I set up a global key to toggle the menu-bar?

Using Gnu Emacs 23.1.1 on Ubuntu 10.04... I'm currently a total newb with emacs, and I've decided to go cold turkey with the Gnome menu bar. (but I do want it to be "available" for the teething ...
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Text editor with font-size selection for specific human languages (ie. Unicode Block) eg Devanagari

Pre Linux, I used Windows.. (too many years in the wilderness :) ... however there was a ray of sunshine in amongst all the general virus/re-install flack.. and that was Notepad++, a text Editor I ...
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Emacs command to cut OR copy to system clipboard?

As a very new Emacs user, I've been using Ctrl+w and Ctrl+y to cut/copy and paste between buffers in Emacs. Is there a way to do the same thing so that not just Emacs, but the entire system, can have ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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' ...
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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.