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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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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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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, ...
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Emacs shell mode makes $PS1 different

I have a custom $PS1 variable that looks like this on my command line: And on emacs using M-x shell unfortunately looks like this: Here is my $PS1 variable export PS1='\[\e]0;\u@\h: ...
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Emacs: make portion of buffer readonly

I sometimes edit files in emacs where portions of the file are documentation or something else that shouldn't be edited, and another portions are "play areas" where I'm free to edit and create new ...
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emacs copy and paste

How can I copy from emacs and paste into another instance of emacs or else where? If I do C-space, M-w, and then C-y, I can only paste in the open instance of Emacs. If I navigate to another Emacs ...
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Change column width in an emacs Ibuffer on the fly

Is it possible to change the column width in an emacs Ibuffer on the fly?
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Disabling caps lock by setxkbmap makes it Shift key in Emacs

I'm using GNU Emacs 23.2.1. within Xfce 4.8.0 (both coming from the Ubuntu Natty repository). I disable the CapsLock by running /usr/bin/setxkbmap -option "ctrl:nocaps" at the beginning of the Xfce ...
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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 subshell (M-x shell) not autocompleting shell aliases

I have aliases defined on my .zshrc file that I commonly use when I am on a gnome-terminal. However, when I am on M-x shell on Emacs, the autocompletion does not find them (even though they still ...
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Getting wmctrl to work with multiple Emacs windows

I'm trying to write a script that switches focus to Emacs. This is what I have: #!/bin/bash wmctrl -a 'emacs@pat-ubuntu-desktop' It works fine when there is only one Emacs window (or "frame," in ...
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emacs elpa load packages

I am using emacs24, and I started using elpa to download the packages to ~/.emacs.d/elpa folder. How can I load these packages? For instance, I have tried (see below) for rainbow-delimiter but it ...
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printing .cpp file from command line using emacs

The goal is to print a set of *.cpp files on a network printer, but... in a way that the (color) printer prints the files like they appear in the c++ editor including the colors and highlighting. And ...
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How to send the content of an emacs buffer to gcc without writing to disk?

It's common for me to run a throwaway piece of code I'm not particularly interested in saving on my disk, so I'm often working inside emacs in a buffer not attached to any file in my system. When ...
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Emacs depends on perl

Why does emacs depend on Perl? I thought it is all based on C/Lisp? Emacs Version 24.1.4.fc17 (Working on a fresh out of the box fedora17)
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emacs can't open display

Just recently this has started happening; I run: /usr/bin/emacsclient --alternate-editor="" --no-wait -c and get: ERROR: Display :0.0 can't be opened No other applications do this. The output ...
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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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XEmacs: load all files in /home/barry/.emacs_barry

XEmacs creates an .emacs_barry file in my home directory that contain my active buffers + point positions in those buffers(?). It looks like this: "Norma Jean" "/home/barry/plan1.txt" 4504398 nil ...
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Colors for menu bar and the scroll bar on emacs 24

I'd like to change the colours of the menu bar and the scroll bar of emacs 24. The instructions of EmacsWiki (the above links) do not work. This might be because I am using emacs 24. According to ...
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Emacs soft line wrap at word boundary

How can I have emacs set to move the the last word at the 80 character mark? What I mean is this: Instead of ran/ ge I would like emacs to place the whole word range on the next line at the 80 ...
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emacs dedicated completion window

To prevent confusion, I only run one "window" of emacs and so I use window in the emacs sense. I'm looking to get a window split which, let's say 70 in width, contains the completions buffer on the ...
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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 font size changes frame size?

I'm using emacs 23.1.1. I set the font size in my .emacs with (set-face-attribute 'default nil :height 100) The problem is that my emacs is now really small. The outer box (what I call a window and ...
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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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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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Getting emacs to convert latex on the fly?

What's really nice about posting in the math stackexchange, and other forums, is that you can view the latex symbols right below as you're typing your post. Is there a way to do this in emacs? That ...
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Scrolling on very long files (1M+ lines) on Emacs

I was wondering if besides the basic navigation commands: C-p : Jump backwards one line. C-n : Jump forward one line. C-v : Jump forward one full screen. M-v : Jump backwards one full screen. M-a : ...
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How do I set up a .emacs initialization file?

I am using Linux Fedora 13 (Constantine) and emacs 23.1.1. I am trying to set up a .emacs file for initialization, by using emacs itself to edit and save a file .emacs in my home directory. However, ...
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Can I Change Caps Lock to Hyper/Additional Modifier?

In Arch Linux, I have Caps Lock function as an alternate Ctrl: In the console through a personal keymap, and in X through a "kbd" option in xorg.conf. I've already researched a little about changing ...
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Undo everything in emacs

Is it possible to undo everything in an emacs buffer in just one step? I can do it step by step using C-x u but how can I do all steps just with one command?
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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 shortcuts in term mode

I've a question about using Emacs as editor and terminal. I split my window into different windows with C-x 3for example. One of the generated Window is used as terminal with M-x term. Usually I ...
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How to enter Erlang Mode in Emacs?

How do I enter erlang mode in emacs to get code highlighting, etc.? Whenever I open an erlang file nothing special happens. Do I need to change something in my .emacs file, or do I need to add a ...
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Is there a convenient general way to “grab” the echoed result of a command in Emacs (of M-: or M-!)?

Sometimes, I want to insert the result of an Emacs command (that has been echoed in the echo area) to another buffer or another running X program. So, I'd like to put it to the kill-ring. What would ...
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Can I have emacs automatically indent my whole code after it is all written?

My emacs is set up to automatically indent my code as I write it and also re-indent things correctly if I push tab on any line that got misaligned somehow (usually because I changed the code). I am ...
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confusing behavior of emacs-style keybindings in bash

Bash offers many useful emacs-style keybindings for simple commandline editing. For example, Ctrl+w deletes ("kills") word left from the cursor. Another keybinding, Alt+d is supposed to be a "mirror" ...
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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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Emacs: Different users, different themes, same init file

I use emacs at work, where I usually connect to the system with two different users: myuser commonuser The former is my own personal user, whereas the latter is shared by the whole team to manage ...
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Why does Emacs make it difficult for me to have two frames open the same buffer?

I have 2 frames. I switch the buffer in first frame to buffer A. When I try to switch the buffer in the second frame to buffer A, Emacs brings the first frame forward. What I want is to open buffer A ...
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Load my .profile for bash in Emacs terminal buffer? (multi-term mode)

I've got multi-term mode (derived from ansi-term) with bash started in Emacs 23.3, which is a terminal emulator running in Emacs. However, I noticed that it did not load my user profile, including ...
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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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“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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Appending values to environment variables from within Emacs

I am new to Elisp. I would like to do the following in my init file: ; Retrieve the value of LD_LIBRARY_PATH ; Append '/path/to/some/lib/:'to it ; Save the new value of LD_LIBRARY_PATH So far I ...
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Sourcing a shell script from within Emacs

I would like to source a shell script that changes my environment variables from within Emacs. That is, I would like the shell script to change the environment in which Emacs runs, and I would like to ...
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Symbolic link starting with .#

I have a symlink in one of my directories that has the following name: lrwxrwxrwx 1 XXXX ZZZ 37 Jan 15 18:18 .#perl.org -> XXX@YYY.com.2980:1344441539 I am wondering what this symlink ...