Noob question. I downloaded Doom Emacs following the installation instructions in the documentation. Now when I run the emacs command, it opens up the Doom Emacs window. Unfortunately, as I try interacting with the program with my keyboard, it continues typing in the terminal window. I can click around the application using my cursor, but am unable to use my keyboard.

I'm not running as the daemon or have it aliased in any other way.

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    Do you have the same issue when you run a vanilla Emacs with no configuration, using the emacs -q command ? Commented Sep 6, 2023 at 18:18
  • Yes, it does the same thing. No input from the keyboard is working, just the cursor (which isn't very helpful). Commented Sep 6, 2023 at 22:12
  • You have the command doom doctor to check out your installation. Try it. A second question: since doom uses evil mode, did you pressed first i or a to insert some characters?
    – Ian
    Commented Sep 7, 2023 at 12:21
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    Are you using emacs-mac? If so I had the same problem and I resolved it by uninstalling emacs-mac and installing emacs-plus instead.
    – Steven Tay
    Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 10:03

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I had the same problem with emacs-mac both with and without the Doom Emacs cofig, but I don't think the emacs executable is supposed to work in this way.

This page has some examples of starter scripts: https://github.com/railwaycat/homebrew-emacsmacport/blob/master/docs/emacs-start-helpers.md

The following script worked for me:

exec $(brew --prefix)/opt/emacs-mac/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Emacs.sh "$@"

Installing emacs-mac with brew install emacs-mac --with-starter will create this script automatically instead of the emacs symlink. Then starting Emacs with emacs works without the input issues.

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