If I have a virtual machine, and I ssh into that machine, then start emacs: (so at this point I am looking at my terminal emulator, which is showing the command line version of emacs on the other machine)

is it possible to get the things which need some visual-ness (such as the autocomplete popup menu or multiple cursors etc.)?


  • Sounds like a classic case of TIAS ;) – wasamasa Jul 17 '15 at 9:01

Maybe you give Tramp a try? Then you could work on the virtual machine, using your local Emacs.

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  • A little elaboration would help - e.g. a reference to some part of the Tramp doc or mention of a particular function or option that is appropriate. – Drew Jul 17 '15 at 14:18
  • I like and am aware of this ability however the point of the question was it I weren't at my local emacs could I ssh into my local computer and get the same interactivity – Startec Jul 17 '15 at 17:25
  • You can always perform "ssh -X ..." to another host. If you start emacs on that host, it will be shown in your local X11, with its graphical UI. – Michael Albinus Jul 17 '15 at 18:51

Yes. Most of the Emacs UI can be represented in textual terminals. Images, squiggly lines and advanced display engine features (like pixel-perfect positioning) don't work though.

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  • So in this case I would just need the drop down generating things like tern and Jedi installed on the remote machine? – Startec Jul 17 '15 at 17:27

company-mode implemented the popup UI in shell. You can use company-mode instead if you are seeking an auto-complete alternative.

If you are interested in elisp coding, check company-tooltip-xxxx in company.el.

If all you want is a simple popup working in shell, check https://github.com/auto-complete/popup-el

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