In ansi-term mode, is there a way to copy the command output? This is quite easy in eshell, but sometimes eshell behavors not exactly the same with bash. For example:

  1. eshell doesn't know how to auto-complete sudo apt-... command.
  2. eshell requires to input password each time I run a sudo command.

So I have to use ansi-term from time to time.

  • If your only problems are those two listed above you can also use shell instead of eshell. I only use ansi-term when I run ncurses applications. – rekado Jan 15 '15 at 10:06

C-c C-j to activate term-line-mode, then, the terminal buffer act more like a normal text-buffer. Switch back to character mode with C-c C-k.

You may be intersted by this function that will help you toggle, between the two modes:

(require 'term)

(defun jnm/term-toggle-mode ()
  "Toggles term between line mode and char mode"
  (if (term-in-line-mode)

(define-key term-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-j") 'jnm/term-toggle-mode)
(define-key term-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-k") 'jnm/term-toggle-mode)

(define-key term-raw-map (kbd "C-c C-j") 'jnm/term-toggle-mode)
(define-key term-raw-map (kbd "C-c C-k") 'jnm/term-toggle-mode)

Courtesy of Joel's Journal

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  • Wow, C-c C-k and C-c C-k solved my problem well. The function mean no matter in what mode, just use C-c C-j toggle the two mode. (and C-c C-k works the same way), right? But the default Emacs C-c C-k always go back to term-mode is more straight forward. – Nick Dec 20 '14 at 14:13
  • @Nick I don't really understand your point :\ – Nsukami _ Dec 20 '14 at 16:30
  • My apologize. I made a typo in the previous comment. I mean since C-c C-j and C-c C-k toggle the two mode well, why Joel write a function to map them in both mode? Does he want to toggle no matter whether C-c C-j or C-c C-k are pressed? – Nick Dec 21 '14 at 0:36
  • @Nick, yes, that is exactly what he wants, toggle whatever the command used, probably because it may be hard to remember what command to use. It is just a suggestion, you're not obliged to use this. – Nsukami _ Dec 21 '14 at 1:23
  • I see. Thank you for you answer and explanation. Really helpful! – Nick Dec 21 '14 at 1:30

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