I use Spacemacs. I tried to type a command, but I mistyped. Instead of what I intended, a character was inserted that renders as this: a penguin of some sort?

I suppose that is Tux. When I try to copy the character, I get this: .

  1. How did this happen?
  2. Is this behaviour documented anywhere?

I use the official .spacemacs, with little additions. This happened in org-mode, if that matters.

  • Interesting... can you tell us the command you 'tried' to type? Nov 9, 2020 at 0:29
  • It's no doubt too late now, but for future reference know that C-h l shows some of the last keys and mouse actions you used.
    – Drew
    Nov 9, 2020 at 2:26
  • @Drew: Thank you! It is too late indeed. I forgot what I was trying to do. Nov 9, 2020 at 14:24

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Since we do not know what you typed (neither what you tried), it is hard to know what happened.

You can insert it by typing C-x 8 RET e000. (Note that this hexadecimal value is displayed within the tofu rendering for this character.)

About the character, only the font you use is relevant. Some fonts show different symbols.

This character [57344 (#o160000, #xe000)] is the first from Private Use Area (PUA) plane 0 (U+E000-U+F8FF). Thus, it is not defined, it is not a Tux/Penguin char by definition, if you want a penguin char there is 128039 (#o372047, #x1f427) (C-x 8 RET 1f427 or C-x 8 RET penguin).

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