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I find running the following is different from just running emacs on mac

/Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Emacs -nw

Should I create an alias in zsh/bash for it?

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    I open the Emacs.app just like any ordinary mac apps via Dock, Launchpad, Spotlight etc. I don't use Emacs inside a terminal. The builtin /usr/bin/emacs is too old. Feel free to create an alias for it. – xuchunyang Nov 9 at 16:25
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Yes. An alias to the binary within Emacs.app is useful and will allow to call an up-to-date version of emacs from the terminal via “emacs”. I have the following set up

alias emacs='$(/Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Emacs "$@")'

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