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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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Emacs commands in xterm

I found that the commands I used to use in gnome-terminal, those I learned in Emacs, are only partially working in xterm. In some cases, I get strange chars like ÿ, æ, and â instead. Do you know how ...
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Installing vim/emacs on solaris 8

At my new job, they want me to use a solaris 8 operating system, but all my coding experience has been on linux. Linux had a lot of tools built into the system, but it seems like the solaris I'm using ...
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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 do I configure Emacs to use 'ispell' on Mac OS X?

I'm using brew as my package manager for both Emacs and ispell. I have both installed. Doing a quick google, I was unable to figure out how to tell Emacs where ispell is and to load the appropriate ...
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Use WINDOWS key instead of ALT key in xmonad

I use xmonad + emacs. Both use ALT key heavily. So there are conflicts sometimes. My keyboard has WINDOWS key on it. I would like xmonad to use that key instead of ALT. My current ...
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Customize Emacs Ruby Mode for PuppetLabs conifguration

I predominantly use emacs for editing my Puppet configuration files. I use the following settings in my .emacs to load Ruby mode and use it for Puppet config files (*.pp): (autoload 'ruby-mode ...
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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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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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Is there a better alternative to sudoedit?

What I really hate about sudoedit is the fact that it always uses a different filename. I'm using emacsclient and when editing a file twice I'm left with two useless buffers. Sometimes I even happen ...
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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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Emacs + whitespace: ignoring 'normal' spaces

I would like to use whitespace to detect wrong whitespace (i.e. trailing whitespace on line, tabs instead of spaces etc.). However I would like to still have spaces displayed as spaces. I tried to ...
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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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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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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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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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GNU Screen and Emacs

I upgraded recently to OpenSuSE 12.1 from 11.3 and now when I open any files in emacs from inside a screen session, I get a blank buffer. Let's say I open it as: emacs myFile.txt it will open to an ...
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Set default font size in Emacs 23.4?

I use the following in my .emacs to set my default font to Ubuntu Mono: (set-face-attribute 'default nil :font "Ubuntu Mono") However, the defauly font size is too tiny for me. In my menubar I see ...
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eldoc 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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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 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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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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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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Font size issues with Emacs in linum-mode

I am using Emacs 23. linum-mode works well if using with default settings. But if I increase the font size, the numbers cannot be displayed. It seems the the frame to display the line numbers is not ...
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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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not able to install jabber with emacs

i downloaded emacs-jabber from git and it created a directory called emacs-jabber and it had files like jabber.el , configure.ac etc. installation guide told me to use ./configure and make and make ...
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Emacs ediff not scrolling buffers equally

In Emacs ediff, I can use v and V to scroll up and down the buffers that I am comparing simultaneously. However, I have noticed that: If I start scrolling each buffer independently Then place the ...
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Creating symbolic links to applications in Mac OS X

I installed Aquamacs in a fresh OS X desktop, and wanted to be able to call the program from the commandline. Calling the file inside the app seems to work just fine: Amoss-iMac:bin amosjyng$ ...
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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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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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How can I get recentf-mode to work with emacs server/client?

I like using recentf mode in Emacs which produces a list of files I have recently opened. This list is persistent between sessions, so I can get to files I used a fairly long time ago. However, I ...
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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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Emacs auto encryption and gpg

Emacs encrypts/decrypts .gpg files automatically. But recently I have lost the ability to decrypt files encrypted by the Linux gpg tool and vice versa. I use: passphrase symmetric encryption gnupg ...
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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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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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uemacs 4.0.15 strange key bindings

Playing around with uemacs I noticed that some of the default alternative key bindings are set to the Fn key in combination with a different key (for example, an alternative for 'help' is set to ...
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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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Comparing directories in Emacs

I am experimenting with ediff-directories, but I am not sure I am using it correctly. I read in the documentation that, once I supply two directories to ediff-directories, if I press == Emacs ...
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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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Difference between “define-key global-map” and “global-set-key” in Emacs

Looking at how people program their keyboard shortcuts in Emacs, I have noticed two different patterns: One uses: (global-set-key (kbd "M-N) 'select-next-window) The other one: (define-key ...
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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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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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Is there more, less, or equal overhead for elisp, as for a bash script, to call awk, ps, etc?

Hopefully the question explains itself well enough. I'm referring to exta time and system resources involved for one vs. the other... I tend to think it would be the same, but I want to go beyond just ...
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Emacs Hexl to read device files?

I have to manually edit a FAT 16 partition. After trying few hex editors, I decided to try Emacs Hexl. sudo emacs -> M-x hexl-find-file -> /dev/sdb The commands open device file but its ...
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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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How to get transient highlighting to work from an elisp script?

I want an elisp script to highlight a region of text. Upon exit, the highlighted selection should disappear when a key is pressed. Everything I've tried results in the highlighting hanging on like the ...
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How to timestamp a transcripted talk?

I'm trying to mark each paragraph of transcripted text with timestamps of when/where it occurs in the audio. mplayer and emacs are getting me close. mplayer, in the terminal, outputs a stream of ...
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Is there a way to give emacs the KDE look and feel?

I'm using emacs for most of my work. I'm switching from gnome desktop to KDE (checking things out) and it bother me that emacs look soo diferent from the rest of the desktop. Is there a way to give ...
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Shift-arrow not working in emacs within tmux

I recently started using tmux (was a screen user before) and I'm loving it, except for one small problem. I use emacs within my tmux session and I am used to using Shift-arrow keys to move between ...