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How to remap “dead_hook” in Emacs and Vim?

I would like to remap some common symbols like ( and ) to the base line of my keyboard combining Alt Gr with other keys like j or k. I can remap Alt Gr+k to ) because that combination prints ĸ. The ...
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Emacs won't mouse wheel scroll on Ubuntu 15.10 with Cinnamon

I'm running Ubuntu 15.10 using the Cinnamon interface instead of the default. When I run emacs 24.5.1 in an X interface, almost everything works well with the mouse, except the mouse wheel scrolling ...
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Emacs automatically adding BOM to XML file

This appears to be related to this discussion but I have exactly the opposite use case. I do not wish to insert a BOM but emacs appears to be inserting one in XML mode (without even being in ...
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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 to use `smart-compile` without confirmation in Emacs

I'm using smart-compile in Emacs. It works fine, but if possible I want to omit the confirmation like Compile command: ruby foo.rb. How can I do it?
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emacs shell sync directory

I encounter this quite a lot. when I open a emacs shell and run M-x dirs it will complain to me that:couldn't cd or sometimes just hang emacs what is the solution for this ? What shell are you ...
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Timelineview of all agenda files

Is it possible to get a timeline view that combines the entries from all agenda files?
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Emacs complains: font 'serif 10' is not defined

I am running Linux Mint 12 and trying to start emacs but keep getting this error: font 'serif 10' is not defined It seems obvious to me that I don't have the correct font. However, I cannot for ...
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eldoc mode makes emacs use 100% cpu

When I use eldoc, I add this to .emacs: (add-hook 'emacs-lisp-mode-hook 'turn-on-eldoc-mode) (add-hook 'lisp-interaction-mode-hook 'turn-on-eldoc-mode) (add-hook 'ielm-mode-hook ...
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How to Select Tutorial Chapters in Uemacs

I finished installing uemacs 4.0.15.1 from github. I have some experience with GNU-emacs and I wanted to give this a try. I got stuck from the beginning. I opened (by pressing Esc+?) the uEmacs/PK 4.0 ...
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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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Count number of processes with ps -Af

I have to count the number of emacs processes on the machine I'm remote using, by using the command ps -Af. Where do I even start?
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Emacs defaulting to emacs.d as a file

No matter where I am or how I open emacs, I get this message: File exists: /home/{user}/.emacs.d/ I then have to C-x C-f to get to the file I was trying to edit. What is going on here, and how do I ...
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How to disable X support for emacs

After I install emacs package on Debian 7 (Wheezy), when I start it up on a GUI terminal, it opens a GUI (GTK-based). I would rather it just run from the terminal.
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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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bash command line editing (Emacs shortcuts)

When writing a command on the bash command line, I can use CTRL+w to delete a word backwards, or ALT+d to delete word forwards. The problem is, that these two shortcuts are not exactly complementary: ...
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Why does my Emacs toolbar look different over ssh w/ X forwarding on Cygwin vs CentOS?

I'm using Emacs 24.2.1 installed on a CentOS 5 server, which I ssh into with X forwarding (using -Y). I have both a Windows laptop with Cygwin/X installed, as well as a desktop running CentOS 6. When ...
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Editing the *bookmark list* buffer on Emacs

On Emacs (using Bookmarks+), if I type C-x r l I can open the buffer *Bookmark List* and navigate through my bookmarks. On this buffer, if I type Enter on a given bookmark, Emacs opens the bookmark, ...
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What is .emacs? How do I edit it?

In this article, I don't understand step 7: 7. Add (load-library “init_python”) in your .emacs How can I do this?
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Emacs paste into search (C-s) field?

Let's say you are writing code in one of Emacs window and then want to search for a string that you have copied manually (M-w) some time before. The problem is, that by default, when you issue C-s, ...
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Set tab indent in Emacs

I have a very simple thing I want to do in Emacs. I want to set it so that when I press the TAB key, it inserts two spaces. Just this. It's all I ask. I have tried doing this for a couple of years ...
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emacs python2.7

I would like to have emacs work as a python ide for me. I can't seem to find how to compile from within emacs. I'm using python2.7 but when I do M-x python-mode it seems to compile using python2.7. Is ...
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Emacs Message: save sent mails

How do you make Emacs Message (C-x m) save outgoing mails? Is there a standard way to do this? You could C-x C-s but this is inefficient and easy to forget, besides, you can't be 100% it is the mail ...
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Why dialog doesn't support emacs shell on Debian?

Dialog is a utility that provides dialog boxes from shell scripts, you may have seen them in aptitude during upgrades. When i use Emacs shell (M-x shell) and type sudo aptitude safe-upgrade, i get the ...
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How to bind emacs abort to key

This is from a .el file loaded in my .emacs file. What do you think? ;;; Sun keyboard bindings ;; the below line does not work: ;; when <cancel> is pressed, the minibuffer echoes "Quit" ;; but ...
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Vi mode or emacs mode in the whole system

I use vi mode in zsh, tmux and my favorite text editor (vim obviously). I'm interested to have this behavior in the whole system. I know I can use plugins in firefox, thunderbird, etc. but if there is ...
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How will apt-get handle my manual installed software?

Suppose the Emacs version in the APT repository is 24.3, I configure && make install my own emacs 24.4. After a long time, the software in the APT repository was updated to 24.5. What would ...
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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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Building Emacs from trunk without admin access

I cloned the official trunk branch with: bzr branch bzr://bzr.savannah.gnu.org/emacs/trunk I then built autoconf, automake and texinfo. I also updated my PERL5LIB to make it include ...
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Reattach to Emacs session

I was trying to save in Emacs and pushed something wrong and Emacs closed. Judging by ps aux | grep emacs the emacs process is still running with the file I need to save running. (Opening the file ...
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Emacs: query-replace, regular expression, reuse of search result

How do I combine something like query-replace with a regular expression search-and-replace that in part reuses the search result? In my case, how to transform The programmers are "sort of" ...
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How to ensure that a custom emacs macro operates on region?

Suppose I define a custom macro in emacs in my .emacs file. Is there a way to ensure that it works only on the region I marked in a buffer before executing my command, without going into details of ...
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How can I suppress unneeded output from emacsclient?

I use emacs fairly regularly and am trying to configure my system to use emacsclient when possible. To do this I have done the following: In .bashrc: EDITOR='emacsclient -ca emacs' ...
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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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Configuring Org-mode to open PDFs with evince

I'm starting to use org-mode to export text to LaTeX. My problem is that it opens the generated PDF with ebook-viewer (it is a EPUB, CHM reader) instead of using evince. Question Does anyone know ...
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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: Interface that mixes commands and arguments

I'm experiencing with ways to configure Emacs to enable me to type less, but achieving the same thing, by exploiting the fact that in programming, you do (type) more or less the same thing over and ...
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emacs session attach back

When I was at VIM age, I used to enjoy working with screen which gives me the flexibility to switch between mulitple windows. And later I switched to emacs but I lost one of my favorite feature: ...
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How to close gdb (or other frames) on emacs?

I'm learning about emacs (using version 2.3 on Ubuntu 10.10), and I'm having some trouble with the frames. When I run gdb, for example, I have to get my mouse and click "File->Close" to close the gdb ...
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Open application on custom desktop in xmonad

Suppose I call shell-command from emacs for example (shell-command "evince"). Is it possible to move the application (in the present example evince) started this way automatically to desktop 5 in ...
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Make 'CTRL-/' behave the same in vtty and xterm

When I press Ctrl+/ in a graphical terminal (e.g. xterm) I get "undo". However, in a virtual terminal (e.g. Ctrl+Alt+F1) I get "backspace". In practice I run into this when I'm using emacs in a ...
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Can I set font face by file comments in Emacs?

I wonder if we can set the font in Emacs according to the comments in the file. E.g. -*- fond: "my-font"; -*-
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What's the difference between `/usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/` directory and `/usr/share/emacs23/site-lisp/` directory?

I use Emacs 23 on my system. I received a file from a colleague (who has a different Linux distro) to add to the /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/ directory. As I worked to do this, I noticed another, ...
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Problem with meta key on Emacs

I have a problem with meta key in Emacs. I trying to use M-> or M-< but in fedora meta key is left Alt that is key change layout (alt+shift) when i press M->(alt+shift+>). How people solve this ...
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Loading X resources from .Xresources and .Xdefaults for Emacs

Emacs, as far as I remember, must load the .Xresources file on startup and read the font rendering settings from there. But mine does this only if I run xrdb merge first and then start emacs. I think ...
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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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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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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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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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Copying emacs content through terminal app's clipboard copies unexpected tabs for some spaces

I'm using terminal.app on OS X, and when typing in emacs I often want to copy the text and paste it into some other program. When I do, I find that copied text has some spaces unexpectedly replaced by ...