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, 2014 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, 2014 at 17:08

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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. :-) Dec 2, 2014 at 19:42
  • And the tildes are actual characters. Oh well... X-P Dec 2, 2014 at 20:31

this seems to be a package that fits the description: emacs-splash

it is pretty self-explanatory -- it is a single elisp that puts on a simple startup screen and only after either a key is pressed or some time passes then it switches to the default about buffer or the scratch buffer. No mode-line, no toolbar etc. Very minimalistic

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    Welcome to Emacs.SE! Could you please provide more explanation for your answer? We'd like our answer posts to be as self-contained as possible. The current post is link-only, and links can be changed at any time.
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    Apr 28, 2021 at 10:20
  • about the link -- of course links can be changed but there's not much to be done about that
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    Apr 28, 2021 at 10:46
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    Right, it's fine to include the link, but we generally discourage link-only answers due to the problem of changes and link-rot. (Link-only comments are acceptable, but for full answers we prefer more explanation, which you gave in your edit. Thanks!)
    – Dan
    Apr 28, 2021 at 11:05

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