My computer crashed whilst using emacs to ssh open a file. This was not related to emacs but an overheating problem. Since then emacs hangs every time I try and open a remote file using ssh

I press ctrl-X ctrl-f

then type :


But the colon never appears and emacs hangs.

I have tried copying in the path I want to open and it still hangs.

I have tried using emacs in the terminal with the -nw option it still hangs.

I can still open normal files.

I am using ubuntu 16.04

I am an emacs beginner so please bear that in mind in your answers.

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    maybe tramp chocked on his history file? Try to delete .emacs.d/tramp
    – jue
    Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 7:10
  • Thanks for the suggestion but that did not work.
    – user27815
    Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 9:01
  • maybe it is not tramp but ido try to delete (or better just rename) .emacs.d/ido.last. You could also try to run emacs -Q and then try to ssh, it works little different because ido is not activated.
    – jue
    Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 9:22
  • Thanks I did not have an ido.last file but I saw some session files and I removed them and that worked. Thanks for pointing me to the folder.
    – user27815
    Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 9:39
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    Can you do M-x toggle-debug-on-quit and then when Emacs hangs, hit C-g and see if you get a *Backtrace* buffer?
    – npostavs
    Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 23:09

1 Answer 1


One time I removed the session files from .emacs.d and that worked.

But I have another instance of this problem and there are no .session files to delete so the problem is still there now.

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    Could you please name the files? The next user maybe will be glad about the names.
    – jue
    Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 9:48
  • 1
    The files began session.
    – user27815
    Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 9:57

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