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Adding and removing text from the same place on every line of an emacs buffer

This is in a similar vein to my earlier question: Removing the last n characters from every line in an emacs buffer. The comments made there all apply here. Suppose I want to either insert the same ...
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How do I stop emacs from asking me if I want to exit a modified file without saving?

If I am closing a file that has modifications, emacs warns me about this and says I should press y or n. Even when I press 'n', it still tells me that modified buffers exist and asks if I want to ...
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How do I stop emacs from colouring the text of the file I am editing?

How do I stop emacs from colouring the text of the file I am editing? I want everything just in plain white. I know that I can load themes, but it's not obvious which theme does what. Can I just ...
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Use emacs as an editor within itself (ansi-term)

I'm using M-x ansi-term within emacs, and a lot of the tools I use (not only git) are opening editors using $EDITOR. Because running emacs within itself is kind of annoying, I'd like to configure my ...
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Cancel auto-fill in Emacs

When using Emacs (version 24.1 if that makes any difference), I would like to have a way to remove all the automatic line breaking inserted by the auto-fill minor mode. Disabling auto-fill-mode is ...
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In emacs (or other editor) how to display the byte offset of the cursor?

The question indicates my preference to use emacs, but the overriding issue is that I want to be able to do a normal text search and somehow see/copy-paste the byte-offset of the matched text. To ...
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Emacs: How to insert 'λ' instead of 'lambda' in Scheme mode?

Long ago, I came across a text editor function that replaced the word 'lambda' with the character 'λ'. I would like to do this in emacs. My preferences: I would like to activate this function in ...
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GNU emacs vs. XEmacs

After using Vim for the past couple of years, I'm switching to emacs as part of my "get out og your comfort zone" 2012 resolution. Although I have been using GNU Emacs for the past 10 days, I am ...
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In emacs, is there a way to Hex edit/view a buffer without losing the undo info?

When I use hexl-mode in emacs, it discards the buffer's undo info. Is there another way to hex-edit the buffer and yet retain the undo info? If there is no alternative hex-editor, is there a ...
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Emacsclient docs mention emulating Gnuclient. What is the relationship?

When opening a file in GNU Emacs GUI, I use gnuserv to attach to an already running emacs. I use 'gnuserv' only because the first documentation I read on the subject suggested it. Today I was ...
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GNU Emacs; Does the GUI version offer anything more than the ability to have a GUI menu?

I've been looking at GNU Emacs for a few months now, on and off (mainly off), and I've really only gone as far as testing a few basic things which I especially want in an editor... I'm slowly getting ...
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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.
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Converting an if-else statement into a switch statement [closed]

I'm having trouble turning this program from an if-else statement into a switch statement. Any help would be appreciated. #!/bin/bash for x in $@ do array[$i]=$x i=$((i+1)) done # initial state ...
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How to binding right and left ctrl keys separately in Emacs

I reassigned left ctrl key to capslock key to use ctrl in Emacs. Is there a way to bind right and left ctrl keys separately? For example, I want to bind left-ctrl-a to select all and right-ctrl-a to ...
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Why does emacs movemail take precedence over mailutils movemail?

I have installed mailutils from the Ubuntu 12.10 repo and specified the rmail-mailmove-program as either /usr/bin/movemail or /usr/bin/movemail.mailutils but in either case emacs reports ...
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osx server, windows client, running emacs opens it on server not client

I've installed emacsformacosx on my OSX box. I'd like to shove my macmini in a data center and run it headless. I've gotten x-windows working. If I run xeyes, it displays on my Windows 7 client. ...
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Emacs : Ctrl+space (set mark) insert only a space in Konsole

I'm having a problem with emacs in Konsole : I can't set a mark to select text in emacs. Ctrl+space insert a space character instead of setting the mark. On XTerm, i've almost the same behaviour. It ...
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Emacs: Switching automatically to char-mode when switching to an ansi-term window

Say I have multiple windows open in Emacs 24.1 and that one of those windows is an M-x ansi-term window with a shell. By default, when I switch to an ansi-term window, Emacs activates Term: line run, ...
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customizing size of emacs windows in twm, depending on the vnc session

I connect to the same Unix system (that runs tab windows manager, twm) via vnc. I connect from a laptop with a small screen and from a workstations with a large screen. I have started two different ...
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How to kill a process in a terminal inside emacs

When I code, I usually use multiple buffers in emacs. Some buffers with my code, and a buffer with a terminal emulator (M-x term), There I compile, execute interpreters, etc. When I get an infinite ...
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tmux color theme in emacs gtk

When I use emacs -nw I always use it in tmux 256-color mode. tmux applies its default color theme to emacs so it looks like this: For some reason I like that color theme far better than any other ...
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Emacs how do I interpret this Lisp debugger report

I am trying to make up a .emacs file on my new Fedora 20 computer, and get this line when I use emacs -debug-init &. I expect it to be a trivial mistake, but I find the help on this too detailed ...
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Make hunspell work with emacs and german language

I want to make hunspell work with emacs24 and a german dictionary on a ubuntu 13.04-box. To do so I installed hunspell and hunspell-de and added the following to my .emacs file: (setq ...
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How to commit a modified file if it wasn't locked by RCS beforehand (and I'm using Emacs VC mode)?

Sometimes, a file under the control of RCS gets modified while it is not locked (= checked out for modification by me). (In these cases, it was actually set read-only by RCS to prevent such ...
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Unset Fn key in emacs (console)

When I run emacs24 on the console the Fn key on both my Lenovo laptops sets the selection mark (in the same way as C-SPC). That's pretty crazy behavior as I need the Fn key to change screen ...
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How to make `helm-execute-persistent-action` not to follow symlink original path

I want to complete by Tab when using find-file, so I bind a function helm-execute-persistent-action to Tab like this. ;; For find-file etc. (define-key helm-read-file-map (kbd "TAB") ...
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How to know function name inside helm

I just installed helm in Emacs. It works fine, but I want to change some key bindings. For example, Go to precedent level inside find-file is binding with C-l. I want to rebind it with C-w. I can't ...
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emacs wont let me use a different background color

I've tried different themes in emacs (on mac with xterm set to 256) and everything works great except it's ignoring the theme's background color. Even if I add (set-background-color "red") for example ...
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Eval emacs init.el from CLI

I want to eval my ~/.emacs.d/init.el file periodically from CLI (cron) since it generates other files that I use in my projects according to some extra data. Something like "emacs -q -eval-file ...
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Combos with shift not working in emacs on console

I'm running emacs 24.3.1 on a system with a console-only minimal install of Debian Jessie. Non of the keybindings that involve the shift key works in emacs (except shift to modify upper case). These ...
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How can I run emacs with no shell?

I'm administrating an Arch Linux server. How can I securely add emacs to my /etc/sudoers editor variable? Currently I have "emacs" but that allows M-x shell. Basically, I want something like rvim, ...
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“Unknown terminal type” error when trying to run emacsclient

(I’m using emacs23; on Debian 7; Xfce.) I want to try Gilles’s recommended solution for taking quick notes with Emacs. When trying to run emacsclient -a "" -e "(remember-other-frame)", I get the ...
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bash command line editing (Emacs shortcuts)

When writing a command on the bash command line, I can use CTRL+w to delete a word backwards, or ALT+d to delete word forwards. The problem is, that these two shortcuts are not exactly complementary: ...
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Copying emacs content through terminal app's clipboard copies unexpected tabs for some spaces

I'm using terminal.app on OS X, and when typing in emacs I often want to copy the text and paste it into some other program. When I do, I find that copied text has some spaces unexpectedly replaced by ...
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Footnotes in emacs org mode: how to disable [n], but keep [fn:]?

How can I disable the [n] being linked to a footnote and highlighted? [n] can be many things, like any index of an array. So, I want my footnotes to be[fn:n]and only[fn:n]`.
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Howto copy and text from termial to (GTK-)emacs?

If I select text in my terminal (in my case urxvt) and then click with the middle mouse button into an emacs window (GTK), it pastes the selected text from terminal. Since I don't want this ...
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How do I get emacs on a newly installed Fedora 20 system?

I have upgraded from Linux Fedora 12 to Fedora 20 by buying a new computer, and the shop has kindly installed Linux for me from the DVD I bought for the purpose. I assume he did the most basic ...
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Emacs temp dot hash file don't exist

I use find | xargs grep a lot when working on large source code and when I didn't save a file in Emacs it creates .#SomeFile and grep give error that there's not such file (I'm not including because ...
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Visualizing ansi color escape codes in log files correctly in Emacs [duplicate]

I have some log files that have ansi-color codes in them. When I open them in Emacs I see garbage:           As an example, I run the following: ls --color=yes -ald -- * ...
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Linux VT Emacs in tmux, breaks color and cursor

TERM is set to screen. I tried with screen-256color, but then the colors went really nuts. I also tried xterm, linux, and some others (that I could think of, not really thinking) but screen is the ...
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How to show console color in Emacs shell

When I run a command by smart-compile, I get string like this. [32mYour bundle is complete![0m [32mIt was installed into ./vendor/bundle[0m I think [32m and [0m represent color in console. Is ...
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“Jagged” rectangle text in emacs

Suppose I have something like this is text I want to change it to be "this" "is" "text" The first quote I can insert simply by making a rectangle and doing C-x r t, but the trailing quote I ...
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How to find Emacs backup files?

Emacs backup files start with .# but I can find those in my directory. I've try: find . -name '^\.#.*' or find . -name '.*#.*' and they are not show up, and I have them. For instance if I create ...
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Trouble Running Emacs Daemon on Ubuntu Boot

I want to run emacs as a daemon, on Ubuntu bootup. The daemon call works, and the init script works, when called in a logged in session. However, when I boot my system, the emacs init script doesn't ...
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Emacs/Lisp interactive string variable scoping

Why doesn't this work? (defun load-browser (app) (interactive "sChoose Browser? ") (cond ((string= app '"c") (setq browse-url-generic-program "chromium") (setq ...
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When I type vim in terminal my bodhi linux complains emacs is not installed (bodhi linux) [closed]

jcress@jcress$ vim The program 'emacs' can be found in the following packages: * emacs23 * emacs23-nox * e3 * emacs23-lucid * jove Try: sudo apt-get install <selected package> I can't ...
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ess has disappeared from emacs

I frequently use emacs ess functions. Specifically, I use r-mode and run R in emacs. However, quite suddenly, emacs is no longer offering ess options. r-mode is no longer an option in emacs nor is R. ...
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Customizing less colors

When using less in OS X, how can I customize the colors with with things are displayed? When I run less within an ansi-term in Emacs the colors don't come out nicely. $ less --version less 418 ...
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Emacs, getting the output of the echo area

How can I insert directly the text displayed in the echo area? (also wrongly called the minibuffer). When I for example run (+ 2 2) in a buffer and execute it with C-x C-e it correctly displays the ...
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vncserver -compatiblekbd fails with unrecognized option

I found that when I connect to my computing cluster via vnc Alt-x is not recognized correctly asM-. I tried vncserver -compatiblekbd but I get Unable to start Xvnc, exiting Actually once my ...