Questions tagged [buffers]

The text you are editing in Emacs resides in an object called a buffer. Each time you visit a file, a buffer is used to hold the file's text. Each time you invoke Dired, a buffer is used to hold the directory listing.

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Tabs on windows with custom buffers

I am new to Emacs and I am trying to set up a decent workflow for projects I already have. What I want to do is to be able to have tabs of buffers on each window (not frame). What I want ...
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Is there a way to split-window-right and switch-to-buffer / find-file in single command?

As described in question title. Closest solution that I can find is to use ido-find-file-other-window orido-switch-buffer-other-windew, but these create a horizontal split by default, and if a ...
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How to set setting for one mode only?

I currently have the hook below for displaying tabs when in text mode: (add-hook 'text-mode-hook (lambda () (standard-display-ascii ?\t "!---"))) I only want that setting to apply in text ...
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How to silence *Org Preview LaTeX Output* buffer?

Every time I preview a math segment, this buffer pops up with the following text: This is /path/to/bin/dvipng (dvipng (TeX Live)) 1.15 Copyright 2002-2015 Jan-Ake Larsson [1] Is there a way I can ...
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Making resize-mini-windows buffer-local while locally let-bound

Upon striking C-x s (save-some-buffers) or C-x C-c, it report errorsin mini-buffer Making resize-mini-windows buffer-local while locally let-bound. Search the above errors but return no helpful ...
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goto-last-change for multiple buffers

Is there a way to move the cursor to the place of the last change when working with multiple buffers? For working with a single buffer, the command goto-last-change can do the job. My question is for ...
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Emacs freeze with async command

Emacs 27.0.50. Windows 10. This function works finely when the line is commented: (defun Pfedj/write-async-file () (interactive) (async-start (lambda () (setq path "~/org/file....
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Disaable the prompts to save files

Every time, I save files, it prompts that save files ..? (y, n !) There are few cases that saving files are mistake operations. How could disable the confirmation prompts?
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emacs breaks down text snippet copied from another X Window application

When I select with a mouse a block of text in Firefox or VIM for example, copy it and then try to paste in Emacs, it gets pasted, but unaligned, meaning that beginning of the lines shift away to the ...
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When scrolling a list of buffer, can the buffer content be shown in a second window?

When using dired and peep together, I can scroll up (C-p) or down (C-n) the dired file list in the left window, and see the content of each file in the right window. This is a very practical ...
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How can I open WoMan's pages from bash?

I first tried emacsclient -t -e '(woman "sox")', but it opens the WoMan's buffer as a popup: Then I tried emacsclient -t -e '(woman "sox") (spacemacs/toggle-maximize-buffer) (sleep-for 3) (delete-...
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Invoke select-buffer inside the current buffer

I accidentally activate select-buffer inside the current buffer's working area However, no idea how to repeat the above operation even though pressing various keys. Cloned the configuration from ...
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Filter to track end of process output in buffer by default

Taking advice from the manual as per this link: https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/elisp/Filter-Functions.html I've created a filter for a process I'm running under emacs. (defun ...
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Can flymake or flycheck mark in dired (or in buffer lists) files with errors?

It would be nice if, in addition to flymake/flycheck marking errors in particular files, they could somehow mark files with errors in dired (or maybe just in the open-buffers list). The goal would be ...
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User command to reload file-local variables

How can I easily reload file-local variables, after I have changes their values in the file buffer? I know a work around Save and close the file and re-open. But this is pretty cumbersome.
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window-configuration-change-hook false positives from desktop-mode

I'm trying to use window-configuration-change-hook in a package to perform some action when a buffer becomes visible for the first time. It works, however when starting Emacs, desktop-mode calls ...
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How to always show buffer in the new created frame?

My workflow is: I initialize emacs with a shortcut (in my ~/.i3/config I have a line like this bindcode $mod+49 exec emacsclient -c -n -q -a=''. I use i3wm.org) By default it goes to temp.org, in ....
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How to get the argument from previous use of `command-execute`?

I want to automatically rename the buffer name of compilation mode. The default name is *compilation*. Let's call my new compilation command my-compile. So supposing we run my command like this: M-x ...
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How can I automatically swap frame buffers if the buffer is already open?

I've seen the https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/buffer-move.el script, but I'm trying to something a bit different. Suppose I have a frame with a buffer from file A.h in it and A.cpp in another frame ...
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Save place in files but don't move the cursor to the saved position automatically

I'd like to have a command that moves the cursor to the last position it was in when I left the buffer (either by killing it or by killing Emacs). I know I can use saveplace.el to save the position ...
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How to show the output of a command in a quick-fix window?

If I have a command that runs and generates the following output. /path/to/file.rst:1 /another/path/to/file.rst:42 How would I call the command so a buffer is opened and clicking on the line jumps ...
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Force opening file in new buffer

Is there a way in emacs to open a file (or a dired directory) in a new buffer, even if there's a buffer with the same file (or directory)? find-file and find-alternate-file always return the open ...
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Set the major mode of a new buffer interactively

When creating a new buffer via: C-x b NonExistentBufferName RET RET I would like Emacs to ask me what major mode this buffer is going to use upon opening. Moreover, I want Emacs to infer the major ...
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How to use helm-locate (or similar) when saving a buffer?

When opening a file, I often use helm-locate to quickly access any file anywhere. But when saving a new buffer, I navigate through the directory structure to get the location I need. Is there a way to ...
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How to make *Shell Command Output* buffer scroll to the end?

I often execute shell commands via M-! and their output is then shown in the buffer *Shell Command Output*. How can I make this buffer display the end (rather than the beginning) so that I can see ...
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desktop-save-mode: prevent emacs from showing each buffer on start-up

If you use desktop-save-mode, and have several hundred buffers saved, when you start emacs, emacs cycles through these buffers and shows each of them for a split second. Can this be prevented?
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emacs 25: display-buffer-other-window behavior change, how to tune for the old way?

I have a number of macros for browsing source code for many emacs versions. I wrote this in 2009 and it's been solid until upgrading to U18.04. I know it worked in U16.04: (defun get-file-from-...
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Select *Input History* buffer

The Emacs *shell* has a nice command history accessible via C-c C-l (comint-dynamic-list-input-ring). However, in classic Emacs fashion, the *Input History* buffer which displays the history is not ...
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Treat symbolic-link as separate files while visiting

Is there a way to make Emacs visit already visited file(with active buffer) via symbolic-link as a different file? I want them(links/file paths) to be visited by different buffers. It will be best if ...
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What does it mean in ebib when a field of an entry is preceeded with an asterisk '*'?

When viewing entries in a database in ebib, some fields of some entries are marked with an asterisk (*). In my case, these are usually year or month field. I don't see a rhyme or reason to the types ...
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cycling between minibuffer and last window|buffer

I'd like to cycle between an active minibuffer window and the last recent buffer. 1 (defun cycle-to-minibuffer-window () 2 (interactive) 3 (when (active-minibuffer-window) 4 (if (...
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Sort lines in a string

Given I have a string that maybe came from a buffer, or a clipboard, or wherever; how do I sort-lines in it? Given that sort-lines only works with a region, I assume I have to put it to a temporary ...
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Do buffers have the notion of a “parent”? [closed]

Often times, when I'm done a task, I'd like to close out of all buffers I was using for it. However, I usually don't, because I think it'd be a pain. What I'd like is to be able to kill all buffers ...
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How to change font size only for the buffer *Org Export Dispatcher*?

I'm using emacs with a large font, however I do not need the font to be too large on certain buffers and/or modes. For example, when I use neotree I use a different font and a smaller size, I do that ...
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Display annotation contents horizontally in pdf-tools *with* live-preview

When looking at annotations with the pdf-annot-list-annotations command from the pdf-tools package, I prefer to preview my annotation contents in a separate buffer, which is the default behavior. ...
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Emacs flashes when changing buffer with `ido-switch-buffer`

When I change buffer via ido-switch-buffer and enter a python buffer my entire Emacs flashes visually for a second. If I handle other files the same way, it does not. What can be the reason for that? ...
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buffer opens in window below if font size is changed

In my config file I changed the line (set-face-attribute 'default nil :height 100) to (set-face-attribute 'default nil :height 90) and suddenly, when I try to open a file in a separate vertical ...
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Removing buffers from buffer list

This is my first day on Emacs, and I am really liking it so far, but I cannot seem to be able to work correctly with buffers. I am trying to kill specific buffers with C-x k, however upon checking the ...
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Killing a window without killing the associated buffer

I have a weirdly specific way I like to organize my windows when working with C, and where emacs opens the compilation window really bugs me. I try to close it and switch another window to the *...
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How to redirect output from eshell to any open buffer in Emacs?

I have my eshell opened in a window and in another window I have *Scratch* as a open buffer. I want to redirect the output of a command like say ls to *Scratch*. Is it possible? If yes, then how can I ...
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Identify buffer by part of its name

Is there a way to select a buffer by part of its name using elisp? For instance, the ag package may create a buffer called *ag search text:MyPtyhonClass dir:c:/projects/my_module/* or the realgud ...
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Static Buffer List

I'd like to use emacs more, but I'm still used to some of my previous workflows I know from most modern IDEs. What my emacs lacks most is a static list of the open buffers or files. By static I mean: ...
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What does the prompt mean for `has changed since visited or saved. Save anyway?`

When I try to save a buffer back to a file: install-packages.sh has changed since visited or saved. Save anyway? (yes or no) I don't know why it happens, but I also see #install-packages.sh# ...
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Why is cloning of file buffers prohibited?

Why does clone-buffer not work on file buffers. I can make it work by the following advice: (advice-add 'clone-buffer :around (lambda (oldfun &rest args) "Allow cloning file buffers." ...
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Copy-paste text among Split Window Buffers

Say I have split my main Emacs Window into 2 : LEFT and RIGHT. My cursor is currently in LEFT. How do I copy some text from LEFT to RIGHT without going to the RIGHT window?
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show top 5 used buffer at the bottom of buffer

I'm currently using helm-buffer, and I have bind my c-x b to (helm-buffers-list),however when I switch buffer, I still have to: 1. c-x b 2. type some works 3. enter sometimes, I probably just ...
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Avoid spurious buffers with helm-find-file

I have C-x C-f bound to helm-find-files. Mostly this works really well, but if I hit TAB when there are no completions for an item (most often because I've fumble-fingered the directory or filename ...
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Eshell command in another window keeping focus in the working one

Ho can I run an eshell command in another window keeping focus in the working one? Let's say I'm scanning a buffer searching for a regexp (to be precise an URL) and every time I find it I want to ...
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migrated from emacs 25 to 26.1: cannot force find-file/counsel-projectile-find-file to always open buffer in current window

Recently I migrated from emacs 25 to 26.1. Before I reached the window behaviour, where I could always open a file at the window at point. The most simple case to illustrate undesired behaviour: I ...
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How to open the same file as two separate buffers so that modifying one does not modify the other?

I am debugging an ocaml program with M-x camldebug while adding comments to the source code and the debugger shows incorrect positions in my tuareg/merlin window. It shows the positions as present in ...