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Imagine you've got file with FirstName|LastName| like this :

John|toto|
Hanz|titi|

and want to put the first names at the end of the lines (just an stupid exemple). You may use Macro Recordind for that and type:

Arrow-down Home Ctrl-Space Ctrl-s | RET Arrow-left Ctrl-C End Ctrl-v

Under Linux, the execution of the macro rings the bell, hence doesn't work. But under Windows it works fine ! Isn't that a shame ? :)
If we look at the macro definitions, the results are just a very litlle bit different. Under Linux:

(fset 'makeMail2
      (lambda (&optional arg)
        "Keyboard macro."
        (interactive "p")
        (kmacro-exec-ring-item
          '([down home 67108896 19 124 return left 3 3 timeout end 22]
            0
            "%d")
          arg)))`

And under Windows :

(fset 'makeMail2Win
      (lambda (&optional arg)
        "Keyboard macro."
        (interactive "p")
        (kmacro-exec-ring-item
          '([down home 67108896 19 124 return left 3 timeout end 22]
            0
            "%d")
          arg)))

The only difference I see is left 3 3 versus left 3 under Windows.
Is this the cause of the fail ? Is this a bug or is it normal ? How can I make my macro work under Linux ?

NB: Linux Emacs version is 25, and Windows is 24...

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    "Linux Emacs version is 25, and Windows is 24" seems like it would be more significant than the platform. Can you please test with the same version of Emacs 25 on Windows?" – phils Mar 16 at 23:58
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    Other observations: 3 is C-c, so 3 3 is C-c C-c which is a commonly-used key sequence in various Emacs modes and keymaps. You're obviously expecting cua-mode to be in effect, as you're trying to use C-c and C-v for copy and paste. Is that assumption actually correct in your Linux case? – phils Mar 17 at 0:05
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    @phils I've just tested with Emacs25 on Windows and the results are the same. But I've realized yesterday that makeMail2Win was working fine on Linux ! So the problem comes from the definition of the macro on Linux. Guess what I did : I just modified makeMail2 by suppressing one of the two 3 and, bingo, it workes fine under Linux. Yes, I use cua-mode on both platforms. – jcm69 Mar 17 at 17:35
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The answer is don't use cua-mode on Linux, it's OK if you are on windows (but not on wsl of course). It works fine when using M-w and C-y and the definition of the macro becomes:

(fset 'makeMailNoCua
   (lambda (&optional arg) 
   "Keyboard macro." 
   (interactive "p") 
   (kmacro-exec-ring-item 
      (quote ([down home 67108896 19 124 return left 134217847 end 25] 
      0 
      "%d"))
     arg)))

Many thanks to phils. Once the solution found, it's easier to find that the problem was known, see Cua-mode and keyboard macros and has a fix ;)

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