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How can I have different Emacs sessions loaded on different Emacs windows while using Emacs on daemon mode?

I'm currently using Emacs on daemon mode. I save my sessions using the desktop package. I also combine that with this in order to have several named sessions saved. If I have several Emacs windows ...
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Emacs mode for man pages

I'm translating man pages, and have run in to a few problems with Emacs. How do you specify language? (With man, it looks like this man -Lsv shutdown for the Swedish "sv" subdirectory, if ...
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emacs syntax highlighting fails on my SSH client

I need to connect to a remote server by SSH to edit some documents. When I work at home, I SSH to the remote server using SSH Secure Shell and open emacs, but it doesn't fully highlight documents as I ...
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emacsclient -t hangs

I'm trying to use emacs (23.2.1) in daemon mode. I started it as emacs --daemon and that works just fine. But whenever I try emacsclient -t somefile I first get a line of garbage (e.g., `1;25C2;'), ...
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Open emacs in a terminal when editing crontab

I have setup emacs as my default editor in /etc/profile. When I want to use emacs in a terminal. I open it with the -nw option. How can I have the same behavior when doing a crontab -e preventing it ...
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Emacs move to next whitespace

In emacs there are the functions forward-word and backward-word. Are there also functions which move the point to the next/last whitespace?
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Is it possible to stop emacs from down translating my key chords?

emacs has the default behaviour of double-guessing which key-combo (chord) I've pressed. It automatically down-translates to a lesser chord when the key-combo I pressed is unassigned, eg. ...
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Why can't Emacs running in a terminal distinguish Ctrl+; from “;”?

This question arose from my previous question on emacs beta. In short I want to bind C-; to an Emacs functions in a terminal, but it seems that something captures this key before it reaches Emacs: ...
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Emacs on OpenBSD for DEC VAX?

I have managed to install OpenBSD 5.2 on my DEC VaxStation 4000 Model 90 but to my surprise have not found a binary for Emacs (any version) for the VAX architecture. As best as I can tell I do not see ...
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In Emacs, how do I inspect what has been modified in a buffer (before saving and overwriting the file)?

In Emacs, how do I inspect what has been modified in a buffer (before saving and overwriting the file)? (In a sense, the requested action is an analog of git status and git add -i showing what has ...
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Piping into less and editing: “cannot edit standard input” error. Workarounds?

I recently learned that if I page my files with less, I can press v and open the buffer in Emacs. This works as long as I have the environment variable $EDITOR set up correctly, which in my case I ...
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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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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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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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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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Some keys are invalid on emacs when using German keyboard

When I am using emacs 23.3 on KDE, I can not input ^, ´ and ~ from my German keyboard. If I press these keys, then emacs says that <dead-circumflex>, <dead-acute> and <dead-tilde> ...
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why does my emacs whitespace mode add “” to my buffer?

I'm using Putty to ssh into a RedHat box, and I'm running GNU emacs inside the putty ssh window. When I turn on whitespace-mode using M-x whitespace mode, I notice I see a "Â" before each space or ...
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emacs --daemon crashing after closing emacsclient -c

I start emacs daemon with the following commnad. $ emacs --daemon This seems to work. After this I start emacs client as follows $ emacsclient -c Whenever I close the emacsclient, the server ...
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Emacs simple arithmetics in query replace

Is it possible to do the following in emacs: Query replace all numbers in a region by the number +n, for example if you have: 12 and 7 are nice numbers let n be 3, then it should transform to 15 ...
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Comparing text files on Emacs

I have a couple of questions about comparing text files on Emacs I have been playing with M-x compare-windows and I read in the documentation that, if I pass it a numeric argument, Emacs ignores ...
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Emacs X toolkit support?

From what I understand, Emacs uses GTK as it's default X toolkit. Does Emacs support X toolkits other than GTK? For example, can I build Emacs to use Qt4 instead of GTK?
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Working with screen and emacs

I'm working with emacs (on the terminal) and I use screen to switch between terminals. The key combination Ctrl+A is grabbed by screen. Is there a way to change screen key binding?
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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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Relocatable emacs

Is there a way to build emacs on Linux so it doesn't embed the path where it was built into the binary, and it can be relocated harmlessly to a different path? That is, if you build with ...
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How can I use two modes in emacs (markdown and auctex)?

When I edit markdown in emacs I use markdown-mode. However I often have to type some math formulas in the markdown file (processed by mathjax). However for those math parts markdown mode is not very ...
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How to get background color in Emacs?

In Emacs no window mode, the background is automatically the same as the terminal (gnome-terminal). When I look at (frame-parameters) I see that (background-color . "unspecified-bg"). Well, for me, ...
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emacs - paste text from clipboard without formatting

I am using Emacs 24 for MacOSX and having some problem with pasting code from clipboard to Emacs. The code that I selected usually already nicely formatted (with tab, ident, ...). However, when I ...
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Synonyms (from a thesaurus) in Emacs

I use Emacs 23 on Debian sid. I can check the spelling of a word in Emacs with M-$. How can I obtain synonyms (using a thesaurus?) for a word in Emacs? None of the following were useful: one, two, ...
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Change view in emacs dired mode

What options are there to change the view of a directory in emacs dired mode? How to apply it? How can I change it on the fly? In particular I want to know: How to make it show the file sizes in ...
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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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Emacs' file extension recognition

How do I get Emacs to recognize new file extensions? For example if I have a .c file and I open it in Emacs, I get the correct syntax highlighting for C, but if I have a .bob file format (which I know ...
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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 shell mode (M-x shell)

When I am using the emacs M-x shell mode I see strange characters on my screen which I believe are related to my prompt (which includes an End-Of-Line) and the use of colors. So, here's what I see on ...
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Showing type of newline character in Emacs

How can I have Emacs display the type of new character? I am looking for something similar to what Notepadd does (see below). I read that Emacs comes with M-x whitespace-mode but this doesn't seem to ...
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How to modify write permission on current buffer in emacs?

Is it possible to change the write permissions on a file from inside emacs, without killing/re-opening the buffer? Sometimes I forget to modify the permissions on a file before opening it. I can ...
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Org-mode tables: How to insert result of a system command?

In Org-mode I would like to insert the result of a Unix command in a field. For instance, consider I have the following table: | / | | /bin | | /usr/bin | | /lib | | /usr/lib | I ...
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Code templates with emacs

How can I configure emacs to generate some code skeleton? For instance, for C files: #include <stdio.h> #include <stdlib.h> int main (int argc, char **argv) { return EXIT_SUCCESS; ...
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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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How to use Emacs to run Matlab programs?

I'm learning matlab and using emacs to edit .m files. Is there a method in Emacs to call matlab to run programs?
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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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How to set up tea-time in emacs to use native notification system in gnome

Is there an easy way of having tea-time display messages via gnome's native notification system? The current "notification function" in tea-time.el is: (defun show-notification (notification) ...
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Open files in emacs by filename instead of complete path

Assume I have a bunch of directories and can guarantee that no two directories have a common filename (i.e. if foo/bar exists, then bar doesn't exist in any of the other directories). How can I setup ...
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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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How to create a Emacs file that looks/feels likes the Emacs start up page?

The Emacs start up page has image, link, and fonts with different size all in one. How can I create a page like that?
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In emacs, how can I pass an argument to a function in a keybinding defintion

I want to create a keybinding for funcion end-of-line+ and pass a value of -1 to i. The function is declared as: (end-of-line+ &optional n) The first of the following snippets below, works ...
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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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Save scratch emacs file without access to terminal

I'm trying to save the contents of an Emacs scratch buffer, which I can't access any more due to an inaccessible terminal. On my Linux box I've ssh'ed to a server, and started Emacs. My Linux box has ...
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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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How to make a portable Linux app?

I'd like to make a "portable" version of Emacs 24.3. I am using some Debian 7 systems, where I don't have root access. Since Debian 7 is missing Emacs 24, I'd like to build a portable version of it, ...
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Removing the last n characters from every line in an emacs buffer

Using Emacs built-in facilities, is there a good way to remove the last n characters (for n >= 1) from every line in an Emacs buffer? I suppose it is possible to define a keyboard macro to do this, ...