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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 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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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 ...
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How to disable Emacs gnuclient warning on kill-buffer

When I run M-x kill-buffer for a buffer which was openend via gnuclient, I first get this prompt... Kill buffer (default 'my-buffer-name'): Then I get a second prompt/message... Buffer ...
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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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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 ...