I know that if I set:

(setq confirm-kill-emacs 'y-or-n-p)

Emacs prompts me before I kill it.

But I want emacs to prompt me before I close my last gui frame (prompting me before killing any frame would be very helpful already). When you run emacs in daemon-mode, closing the last gui frame does not kill emacs and thus the aforementioned setting does not work.

The problem is that sometimes I overpress my keybind to quit emacs windows (evil-quit) and I endup quiting also my current gui frame, which is annoying.

I know that before deleting the frame, emacs runs the functions that are listed in the variable delete-frame-functions, so I thought I could include a function there that would prompt me to query if I really wanted to kill the frame. But it is not clear from the documentation what I would have to do inside that function to stop the process of killing the frame.

Another idea would be to add an advice to evil-quit, like: if daemon-p is t then evil-quit have to prompt me to quit my current frame. Something like that?

I run GUI emacs from both OSx and GNU/Linux.


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You may want to define a function that will ask you to confirm before closing a frame. Then you'll check if Emacs was started as a daemon, if it is the case, update the C-x C-c shortcut. Something in that spirit:

(defun ask-before-closing ()
  "Close only if y was pressed."
  (if (y-or-n-p (format "Are you sure you want to close this frame? "))
    (message "Canceled frame close")))

(when (daemonp)
  (global-set-key (kbd "C-x C-c") 'ask-before-closing))

UPDATE: As the OP is not near to know how to do that

Just copy the snippet above and paste it inside your Emacs init file. It may be ~/.emacs, ~/.emacs.el, or ~/.emacs.d/init.el. Then, relaunch Emacs.

  • that 's a nice idea, but I really use just evil-quit to close emacs, frames and windows. I never use C-x C-c. The trick here would be to query if there is only one window active at the moment, and if that is indeed the case, evil-quit would close the current frame without asking me, which is annoying. So instead we would y-or-n-p the user. I think that could be the way to go.
    – ninrod
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 0:47
  • Except I am not near to know how to do that.
    – ninrod
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 16:24
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    @ninrod Answer updated.
    – Nsukami _
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 16:51
  • thanks but I meant I did not know how to advice a function.
    – ninrod
    Commented Feb 11, 2017 at 1:05
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    Note that if you use Emacs in terminal, the (save-buffers-kill-emacs) should be (save-buffers-kill-terminal)
    – CodyChan
    Commented Mar 26, 2019 at 6:22

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