I've been trying evil mode in emacs. Unfortunately, it does not remind me to "Help poor children in Uganda!" when I start emacs.

Is there a simple way to simulate this? Hopefully there's just a setting for evil-mode.


Thanks MrBones

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I find it very soothing...

  • JFYI, evil's point is not to emulate anything else than Vim's editing model and a few convenience helpers. – wasamasa Dec 2 '14 at 16:05
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    Not sure why this earned a downvote - the actual question is clear enough, if a bit silly. – Tyler Dec 2 '14 at 17:08

Add this to your init.el

(setq inhibit-startup-screen t)
(setq initial-scratch-message ";; Message goes here")

The first bit hides the startup screen, so the default buffer when you open emacs will *scratch*. The second lines sets the default contents in the scratch buffer.

  • In Vim, the message disappears automatically when you insert a character. With this you'd have to clear the scratch buffer manually. :-) – ShreevatsaR Dec 2 '14 at 19:42
  • And the tildes are actual characters. Oh well... X-P – Praxeolitic Dec 2 '14 at 20:31

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