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What determines the encoding of a text file when its content is copied from somewhere? [closed]

In emacs and in gedit, when copy some text from a webpage, pdf file, etc and save it as a text file, how is the encoding method of the resulting text file chosen by the editor? Does the editor choose ...
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Emacs shows octal escapes for some characters in a UTF-8 file

I copied some math formulas into some files under gedit, using the default settings of gedit from websites, such as math.stackexchange.com, wikipedia, ... When I open the files now under emacs, the ...
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Mixture of encodings

For a text which is a mixture of different encodings, is there no way to find all encodings? And convert them to a single encoding such as utf8? I copied from different sources possibly with ...
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How do I change emacs application name from “Emacs” to something else in OSX?

I run multiple emacs instances with open -n -a Emacs.app command. The problem is that it's hard to distinguish between them when you switch with Cmd+Tab, because they're all named "Emacs" there. How ...
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change search regex pattern in Emacs?

I start regex search by C-M-s. After typing in some pattern, I would like to edit the pattern shown in the bottom bar. But it seems that I can only append new characters at the current pattern, but I ...
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No font in emacs on CentOS

When I open emacs over an SSH connection I get this error Warning: Cannot convert string "-*-courier-medium-r-*-*-*-120-*-*-*-*-iso8859-*" to type FontStruct Warning: Cannot convert string ...
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Quick way to copy the rest of a line?

In Emacs, I want to copy the rest of the current line. The regular way is to select the rest of the current line, and then M-w. A quicker way is C-k C-_. Is there a non-customized way using only ...
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Can the menu of emacs still be accessible in terminal?

when running Emacs inside terminal emulator, there is a menu bar on the top. Can we select a menu item, expand it and select a sub-menu item? Under Xemacs, we can, but I haven't found a way under ...
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Emacs slow loading time with AUCTeX on TeX files

I installed the auctex and emacs packages on two Xubuntu 14.04 computers, both of which have been working fine. Emacs itself works fine on both, but now with the auctex package installed, when I load ...
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What does “position” mean in iconv error message?

I get error when converting a large file: $ iconv -f GB2312 -t UTF-8 2001.txt -o 2001_u.txt iconv: illegal input sequence at position 245256667 What does the position mean in this error? I tried it ...
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Copy the last Emacs message into the current buffer

Is there a function I could use to quickly copy the message in the echo area (if any) into my working buffer? Should I define the shortcut for that function with define-key or global-set-key or some ...
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mode-specific emacs keybindings

I'm trying to get emacs (23.3 on Arch Linux) to map Ctrl+F12 to the built-in "compile" function when in C-mode (actually CC-mode, which comes built-in as well). So far I've tried the following: ...
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Comparing directories in Emacs

I am experimenting with ediff-directories, but I am not sure I am using it correctly. I read in the documentation that, once I supply two directories to ediff-directories, if I press == Emacs ...
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Prevent unwanted buffers from opening

I'm using emacs for my daily javascript editing, to switch between buffers I use C-x LEFT and C-x RIGHT and I'm fine with this (even if I find it difficult to know the path of the file I'm modifying). ...
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Edit a file in several emacs sessions

Emacs says You want to modify a buffer whose disk file has changed since you last read it in or saved it with this buffer. If you say y to go ahead and modify this buffer, you risk ruining ...
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How to stop emacs server

I started a Emacs in my terminal, and then started running Emacs server inside it by M-x server-start. Now I would like to cancel running the Emacs server without exiting the Emacs process. There ...
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Can emacs render downloaded html files?

From Firefox, I downloaded a .html file, with a directory with name ended in _files, by specifying "Webpage, Complete". When open the .html in emacs, even under html-mode, only the source of the html ...
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Can you further integrate and present sequential moreutils vipe command output in vim using successive splits etc?

I have used the moreutils suite a few times and I find it makes you think further about base utilities and is insightful(and fun). For instance, vipe allows running an editor - like vim - in the ...
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Color of emacs margins

With the following in my .emacs I get narrow margins in text-mode buffers: (defun my-set-margins () "Set margins in current buffer." (setq left-margin-width 30) (setq right-margin-width 30)) ...
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Emacs windows, frames, server and clients: threads or processes?

From http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/tour/ Emacs server Some people like to keep only a single instance of Emacs open and edit all their files in there. Doing this has a few advantages: ...
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replace control characters in Emacs?

This is a small text: What\222s with All the Parentheses? In Emacs \222 above is shown as a control character (in red). It is supposed to be ', but I don't understand why it is \222 instead, ...
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In emacs term-mode, what is char-mode and line-mode? How do they differ?

Googling, I can only find how to switch between these two, but no description of what they are. So, what is char-mode and line-mode? And what mode are usually regular shells in?
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How to enable horizontal scroll bar in GNU Emacs for linux ubuntu?

How can u put a horizontal scroll bar with "don't wrap"? I am also new to linux. Thanks
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What does C-u 0 mean in Emacs

What does C-u 0 followed by another command mean in general in Emacs? For example, I thought C-k and C-u 0 C-k were the same, but find out that C-u 0 C-k kill the part of the current line before ...
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In Emacs' org-mode, any way to hide the subtree with timestamp not set to today?

I just started to learn org-mode (and Emacs) and I plan to use it as a calendar/timetable/todo-list hybrid. Is it possible to hide entries with timestamp not set to today? If so, how? For example, ...
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emacs org-mode clocktable - clock-in clock-out columns

Is there a way to configure the summary clocktable to have two extra columns for clock-in and clock-out times. | Headline | Clock-in | Clock-out | Time | | ...
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Configuring footnotes in emacs org mode

I came along the post Footnotes in emacs org mode: how to disable [n], but keep [fn:]? some months ago, and, as I said there, I don't believe the answer is right. However, I 'd still like to know ...
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Font size issues with Emacs in linum-mode

I am using Emacs 23. linum-mode works well if using with default settings. But if I increase the font size, the numbers cannot be displayed. It seems the the frame to display the line numbers is not ...
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emacs: in terminal selected string gets lost on ctrl-k

I select an absolute file name with the mouse in a terminal I want to open this file in a running emacs: ctrl+x ctrl+f Emacs mini buffer: contains "~/...." I enter ctrl-a ctrl-k to delete "~/...." I ...
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Underscores in variable names and Emacs `f90-mode`

Editing Fortran in Emacs with f90-mode, I would like the “word commands” M-b, M-f, M-d, M-DEL and so on to act on “words” as separated by underscores. On the other hand, for the syntax highlighting, ...
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How to replace a char at the cursor in emacs lisp

I want to create a minor mode that helps to input thai tone character. This is what I wrote: (defvar thai-input-mode-map (let ((map (make-sparse-keymap))) (define-key map "2" (lambda () ...
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How do I install emacs 24.3 on Fedora 17 using yum?

I already have emacs 24.1.1, but I need to use version 24.3. I tried: sudo yum install emacs24.3 but it is not recognized. Is there a way to upgrade my emacs or should I simply install emacs 24.3? ...
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How can you achieve vi's `se ai` in Emacs?

What's the simplest way to set up auto indentation in Emacs? I can see that auto-fill correctly wraps, say: This is an indented block, and the wrapping happens as expected. On the other hand, I ...
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Disable italics in emacs org-mode, Ubuntu

I am having some trouble disabling the italics in emacs. I already tried: '(italic ((t nil))) in .emacs. But there is still a problem. Although it will not italicize the text between / and /, ...
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Emacs — terrible font spacing [closed]

System: Archlinux latest Emacs: 24.3 Emacs Config config: https://github.com/jilen/prelude Seems emacs cannot handle Ligatures
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Run emacs elisp command with next word as argument

How can I tell emacs to run my own script (which can be elisp too or something in Perl, BASH or whatever), and use the next word after the mouse cursor as argument, or maybe using a group of marked ...
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Hide “Mail” in emacs mode line

This is small stuff but I haven't been able to figure it out: How do I hide "Mail" from the mode line in emacs?
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How to run Emacs nnrss-* commands

Specifically, I want to run nnrss-opml-import command, which should import an OPML file. Trying to run the command with M-x nnrss-opml-import tells me the command doesn't exist. I want to experience ...
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Open terminal from emacs

Is there a fast way (keyboard shortcut) to open a terminal emulator (in my case urxvt) in the same directory as the file in the current emacs buffer?
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Helm (formerly anything) , Ido and similar tools for Emacs: Overlap and differences

Reading about Helm and Ido for Emacs I noticed that they support similar features. The EmacsWiki provides great info about both, but I still can't tell what sets them apart. What are the differences ...
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Tracking my shell path in Emacs

Not a long time ago, I found the following precious snippet that allows Emacs to track my current directory on any ansi-term buffer. More specifically, if I cd <some/path> from within a ...
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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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Recover GUI window after minimizing in ratpoison

I'm running ratpoison. I was running emacs started through a keybinding (hence no xterm). Then I hit Ctrl-Z by mistake and emacs disappeared (emacs iconify-or-deiconify-frame). I know it is still ...
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Emacs: Deleting a line without sending it to the kill ring

I would like to use C-k to delete a line without sending it to the kill-ring. I have the following on my .emacs file (delete-selection-mode 1) but this only seems to work for C-d (delete-char) I ...
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Emacs, complete list of color “keys”

If you want to customize the colors in Emacs, specifying them in the .emacs init file, without installing any extra package, and without using a pre-made theme, something like this seems to work: ...
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How to remove emacs 23 related packages and leave installed emacs 24

I installed emacs 24 in Linux Mint 16, and want to uninstall emacs 23. I thought sudo apt-get remove emacs23 is enough, but it was not. This is my packages list relating emacs. $ sudo dpkg ...
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Emacs: Open a buffer with all lines between lines X to Y from a huge file

In the same spirit as this other question: cat line X to line Y on a huge file: Is there a way to open from within Emacs (and show on a buffer) a given set of lines (e.g. all lines between line X ...
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Setting `$EDITOR` to open file in local emacs session [duplicate]

Sometimes I need to issue a remote command which uses $EDITOR to pick the, well, editor (think git commit for example). Is it possible to use the local emacs session to open it via, for example, port ...
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Emacs ansi-term and term not working well when I ssh into a remote machine

I have the exact same Emacs configuration on a local and remote machine, and when I run M-x ansi-term or M-x term on each of them individually everything works great. However, if I run any of these ...
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“emacs: standard input is not a tty” when starting Emacs at login

I have Fedora 20 and Gnome3 classic, and I am trying to use the CTRL/ALT/Fn terminal windows. When I want to edit a file with emacs I use the following script so that my Hints file is automatically ...