When I save my file, I can see output of some commands in the echo area. The thing is, that it's very fast and the next message will overwrite the previous one. So I just see the message Wrote FILE. Is there a way, how can I look on the previous messages?

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    The minibuffer and the echo area are in the same location. The former is for input; the latter is for output. Messages are typically written to the echo area.
    – Drew
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 15:59

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M-x view-echo-area-messages RET or C-h e will open the *Messages* buffer.

(This buffer can even contain some stuff that's not shown in the minibuffer, see inhibit-message.)

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    C-h e works for me, emacs says it's an alias for view-echo-area-messages. M-x messages RET doesn't work for me.
    – ryskajakub
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 11:57
  • Doh, that was something from my .emacs, editing … thanks :-)
    – unhammer
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 12:08
  • C-x 4 b *Messages* will also get you there (completion available).
    – Drew
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 15:58

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