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In my XTerm, I want to open new Emacs frame as well as buffer, with working directory set to $PWD in XTerm env.

I tried emacsclient -t -c --eval "(cd $PWD)", but it doesn't seem to work. Is it possible?

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If you want to create a buffer for a new file ./new-buffer in the current directory, just call emacsclient with that filename, like

emacsclient -t ./new-buffer

The option -t causes emacsclient to open the buffer in a newly created frame on the current terminal.

If you create a new non-file buffer the default directory for that buffer is the current directory of emacsclient.

Examples:

emacsclient -t --eval "(eshell t)"
emacsclient -t --eval "(switch-to-buffer (generate-new-buffer \"*new-buffer*\"))"

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