Can I disable this kind of a popup?enter image description here

I couldn't find anything besides (setq x-gtk-use-system-tooltips nil), but it didin't help me unfortunately.

  • Note that GUI dialogs only ever appear in response to mouse events. If you don't do things with the mouse, you won't see them at all.
    – phils
    Jun 1, 2018 at 4:43
  • Unfortunately, it's not true. I definitely don't do things with a mouse when this dialog appears.
    – valignatev
    Jun 1, 2018 at 5:06
  • That's unusual behaviour, then. Does your example happen when you use C-x C-f to visit such a symlink? The prompt would normally be in the minibuffer in that scenario. Does the same thing happen when you run emacs -Q ?
    – phils
    Jun 1, 2018 at 5:47
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    Ah, C-h v use-dialog-box says "On some platforms, file selection dialogs are also enabled if this is non-nil." so I guess that's what's happening? Sorry for my confusion -- I was entirely oblivious to this working differently on different platforms. Which OS is this?
    – phils
    Jun 1, 2018 at 15:46
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    I've mostly used Debian and derivative GNU/Linux systems, and have never encountered this, to my recollection. I'm not really familiar with Arch, but it seems surprising to me that it would be different. I have no knowledge of how/why this platform-specific behaviour exists, though. Thanks for the follow-ups -- I've learned something new here.
    – phils
    Jun 1, 2018 at 15:54

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To disable dialog windows set use-dialog-box to nil

(setq use-dialog-box nil)

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