While working with term or ansi-term in term-line mode, I am not able to use cua-mode bindings. Is this possible?

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I was experiencing this from some time now, and never had the time/energy to look at it. But it seems it is pretty straightforward as it is described in AnsiTermHints:

;; enable cua and transient mark modes in term-line-mode
(defadvice term-line-mode (after term-line-mode-fixes ())
  (set (make-local-variable 'cua-mode) t)
  (set (make-local-variable 'transient-mark-mode) t))
(ad-activate 'term-line-mode)

;; disable cua and transient mark modes in term-char-mode
(defadvice term-char-mode (after term-char-mode-fixes ())
  (set (make-local-variable 'cua-mode) nil)
  (set (make-local-variable 'transient-mark-mode) nil))
(ad-activate 'term-char-mode)

So cua-mode works in term-line mode and does not in term-char mode.

  • You can use setq-local if you're running Emacs 24.3+
    – phils
    Jun 8, 2016 at 4:59

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