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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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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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GNU Emacs Gnus can't connect to gmail IMAP

I'm in the process of configuring Gnus to retrieve emails from my gmail account via IMAP. I have done as recommended at https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/GnusGmail, however I keep on getting errors from ...
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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 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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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 - Changing show-paren-mode Areas

I like show-paren-mode in Emacs, but I would really like to change the highlighting behavior for closing brackets. That is, I want the opening bracket to be highlighted when the point is on the ...
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Control and up/down keys in terminal for use by emacs

Is it possible to use C-up and C-down when running emacs in the terminal window (when starting emacs from the command line with the -nw flag)? What should my terminal send when I press C-up and C-down ...
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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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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 ...
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Creating Emacs TAGS file

I am working through the "Emacs Lisp Intro" book within Emacs 23.4.1 on Debian Wheezy (CrunchBang Waldorf). Section 4.1 discusses the find-tags command and the TAGS file. Instructions are included to ...
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How to jump on a position specified by line and column?

When opening a file one can use $ emacs +2:9 practice.b Which will open file ‘practice.b’ on line 2 and character 9 on that line. How do I jump like this in an already running Emacs? I know about M-...
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In Emacs, editing C, sort-fields not working, or stating sole completion. Why?

In Emacs, editing C, and trying to execute sort-fields doesn't seem to be working. I enter M-x sort-fields after highlighting a region. At one point it was letting me pass a field number, but then ...
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Truncate long lines in emacs from command line argument

I know the command in the .emacs for long line truncation is: (setq-default truncate-lines t) or the keystroke: M-x <RET> toggle-truncate-lines <RET> but how do I pass these as ...
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Emacs not showing filename

Where once was the filename of the file now there is a black stripe, preventing me to see what I'm editing. To clarify a bit, it's that black stripe between "F1" and "All", when I did the ...
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How to bind “ß” to Meta-s?

I am using Carbon-Emacs on MacOS X 10.6 with the US-International keyboard layout. Usually, I can use Alt+s to print the letter "ß". However, Emacs interprets this as Meta+s and complains that there ...
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When not started from a terminal, Emacs does NOT pick up the SSH_AUTH_SOCK environment variable

When I don't start it from a terminal, Emacs 24.5.1 (compiled from source) doesn't pick up my environment variables. In particular, to "import" the environment variables from shell, I have in my ....
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Navigating the CLI: Go back N words

I'm a Vim user, so I'm learning Emacs commands for use in the Bash CLI. I know that on my systems I can use Vim-keybindings in Bash but I'd like to learn how to use it effectively in its default ...
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Open clickable text in emacs in new/neighboring window

Currently I have a mode (magit to be precise) when I have clickable text switches buffer to the file. However I'd prefer sometimes to open in new or neighboring window. Is it possible to do it? PS. ...
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Emacs and Trac Integration

Is there a way to integrate Trac and Emacs? e.g. edit Wiki pages in org mode, edit and manage tickets from within emacs?
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Wiki for emacs users

I am looking for a new wiki software for a small private network. Since all users are very addicted to emacs, it would be nice to make everything "emacs compatible". What wiki software is most ...
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End of lines problem in emacs when editing markdown texts via It's All Text

I want to edit markdown source in emacs using the It's All Text plugin for firefox. In markdown you have to add two spaces to the line-end to get a new line. Suppose there is such a newline in a ...
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Emacs X11 Forwarding does not work but xclock does

I'm launching a X server with Xquartz (OSX 10.10.5) using Terminal.app, and I'm trying to connect to a EC2 instance with: ##local $ echo $DISPLAY /private/tmp/com.apple.launchd.MO57wSPup1/org....
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Why can't I apply this script to files not in my current directory?

I got this script ~/bin/align-tables from emacs stackexchange #!/bin/sh # -*- mode: shell-script -*- # # tangle files with org-mode # DIR=`pwd` FILES="" # wrap each argument in the code required to ...
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How to switch Emacs windows from vertical split to horizontal split? [closed]

Suppose I have two windows open in Emacs: Window A .............. Window B Is there a way to switch to : : Window A : Window B : : (horizontal split to ...
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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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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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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 brightness,...
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Gnome Terminal---hide the tilde files produced by Emacs

Editing text file using Emacs will make Emacs make a companion file for its own purpose. For example, after first editing a file called test.c, Emacs will leave a file called test.c~ in the same ...
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How to use the Meta/Alt Key with tput?

I want to redefine keybindings for the commandline of a lisp dialect. The commandline is actually modeled after Vi and implemented with tput/terminfo. I want an alternative version with Emacs ...
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can color-theme bind to a buffer?

I want to use different color-theme for different file types. I tried to use add-hook to set the color-theme for the major-mode, but it only applies when the buffer is first load. If I switch to ...
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Emacs cperl mode - how to use tabs for indentation instead of spaces

Is there a way to make cperl mode in emacs use all tabs for indentation instead of spaces? I've tried setting indent-tabs-mode, and cperl-tab-always-indent. Here is my .emacs file: (defalias 'perl-...
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Emacs entry missing from window manager menus

Since some time ago I have no menu entry for Emacs anymore on my Debian system. The same happens on two different machines -- one running testing and one running unstable. I have tried switching ...
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emacsclient connection refused

I am running emacs in daemon mode and I got dissconnected from the server on which it was running. After re-connect, when I run emacsclient -nc I get the error connect localhost port 6012: ...
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Toolbar icons unable to load when running Emacs through xhost from FreeBSD to Ubuntu

I'm connected to a FreeBSD Computer using ssh [ip] -X, and emacs launches just fine, but this happens and all the icons are little pieces of paper with red X's: > emacs (emacs:22812): GdkPixbuf-...
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Can you run X11 in Emacs?

I'm new to Emacs, and I find it to he very useful, it's almost like a Text UI with tabs and windows and such. And so many applications. Such as IRC, shell, email, and file manager. But there something ...
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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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Window display table and buffer display table conflict in Emacs

In Emacs; Is there a way for both window-display-table and buffer-display-table to have effect at the same time? The reason is, I'm using Pretty-Control-L (from Emacs Goodies El script package) and ...
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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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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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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 rmail-...
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Graphical console applications in Emacs

I am having trouble running htop within an ansi-term in Emacs 24.2. It looks like some of the control characters are not interpreted correctly. I thought ansi-term was capable of handling font ...
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Emacs: error when the function is called in a hook

I defined a function in my .emacs file, and I want to call it when a major mode is loaded. My function is interactive. If I invoke my function by M-x, everything seems alright. But if I invoke my ...