I have spacemacs and when I press SPC f f it starts of in the current directory. Problem is the file I need is in /etc so I first have to delete the current path by pressing backspace numerous times before I can start typing my path. Is there a way to not have a default path pre-written when pressing SPC f f ?

  • FWIW, I think you can use Ctrl-H to delete whole directories at once.
    – alxndr
    Commented Aug 22, 2016 at 16:21

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In vanilla Emacs, typing / will reset the path to the root of the file system (or typing "C:/" in Windows). This behavior should be the same in Spacemacs.

So when it prompts you to find a file in the current directory (e.g. /home/unimor/Documents), merely type / and Emacs will start looking from the root.

  • but it doesn't, is it a bug
    – Unimor
    Commented Aug 22, 2016 at 2:56

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