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Emacs plugin to browse Julia documentation, at point or textual

It is quite annoying that I have to leave emacs to browse Julia documentation. Are there any nice plugins to get the documentation at point or that provides a nice direct textual interface to the ...
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What features differentiate Spacemacs from other editors and IDEs in terms that someone unfamiliar with both Vim and Emacs can understand?

I am in the position of onboarding junior developers to Spacemacs but I am unable to find a detailed, canonical description of Spacemacs that is geared toward beginners. Specifically, I don't find ...
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Why Emacs using `dumping` during building?

I'm not a C programmer and I am reading the GNU Emacs Lisp manual. Something grabs my attention in E.1 Building Emacs is Emacs use dumping to get a executable program other than temacs. I am ...
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Confused by the Emacs Lisp doc : Adjusting Point After Commands

I am on the trip of reading GNU Emacs Lisp Manual, and section 20.6 has the following text: It is not easy to display a value of point in the middle of a sequence of text that has the ‘display’, ‘...
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In Org Mode, how do I link to internal documentation?

I want to create a clickable-link in my Org file directly to documentation built into Emacs. Is this possible to do? The documentation I want to link to are: Emacs Lisp Intro The GNU Emacs Lisp ...
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How to remove “see” from info links / cross-references?

I'm generating Django documentation to more easily reference it in Emacs. The obvious approach[^] results in cross-references having "see" prepended to them. E.g., the online documentation for Model ...
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Open GNU Scientific Library Documentation within emacs?

How do I open documentation of the GNU Scientific Library within emacs?
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EMACS shell mode that supports annotations

I often find myself doing things like installations or debugging where I would like to be able to work in shell mode but be able to insert annotations as I go. BBEdit has something like this but ...
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How do you navigate documentation in Emacs?

There is some manual I have accessed before on Emacs that described how to navigate the documentation and also how it was constructed. However, I have forgotten how to get there. From memory, the ...
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Documentation for mode-line-emphasis and mode-line-interactive

I'm seeing mode-line-emphasis and mode-line-inactive used in color themes to change the mode-line face value for used and unused buffers. describe-function and describe-variable don't have an entry ...
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How to view package Full Description (commentary section) inside Emacs

I'm looking for a way to visualize inside Emacs the Full Description of a package as shown in Elpa index page. For example the undo-tree package has a nice and comprehensive help page/description ...
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What's the format of a `package-desc` for `package-install`?

The documentation of package-install says: "Install the package PKG. PKG can be a package-desc [...]", but then it doesn't explain what is the format of a package-desc.
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gdb Info manual

I can't seem to find the gdb Info manual file on the gnu.org documentation page for gdb, which only seems to have a PDF version and an online version. I've found and manually installed several other ...
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How to install `*-utils` manuals in GNU Emacs on Mac OS X?

I've been using GNU manuals of core-utils and find-utils and so on in GNU Emacs when I am using GNU Linux. They are default after installing GNU Emacs on many GNU Linux distributions. After open GNU ...
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Unclear expectation of behavior from `scan-sexps`

The docstring of scan-sexps says: If the beginning or end is reached between groupings but before count is used up, nil is returned. Putting point (|) before the first element of a list: (|a b c) ...
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How can I record where a function is defined if it's done indirectly?

I've got a few functions in api-wrap.el that I'll refer to as 'macro code', here simplified to clarify the question: function (generate-form prefix kind &rest args) returns an unevaluated form ...
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How to display overlay like this screencast?

How to make an overlay in Emacs like the following (maybe it's not overlay, I don't know, it's from company-coq inline-docs):
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How to read proper formatted documentation for bookmark+ package?

I am trying to learn about the bookmark+ package. I installed the package from M-x list-packages and I am using Emacs 25.1. It looks like a great package, the only difficulty I have so far, is that ...
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Docstrings don't automatically indent themselves in elpy-mode. How do I fix this?

This is an example function that shows that docstrings do not automatically indent. def testing_docstring(): """ docstring is not indented automatically! Even after a newline. """ ...
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Get help for a package

Is there a way to get a quick help for a certain package? Something similar you get when you click package description in Paradox. I think it would be interesting a sort of doc package which get the ...
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How can I search through builtin documentation? [duplicate]

Emacs claims to be self explanatory, but I couldn't find a way, to search through the documentation. This leads to me searching always in google. So how can is search through documentation in emacs?
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Why some packages included with Emacs don't have their documentation in the main manual?

I wanted to read the Ido documentation offline from Emacs. I read in the NEWS file of Emacs 24.5 that since the 24.4 version an "Ido user manual is now included" (line 608). But it was not possible ...
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how to find non-interactive function equivalents of elisp interactive functions

In the description of the function goto-line in the built-in emacs documentation, I found the following at the end: This function is usually the wrong thing to use in a Lisp program. What you ...
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Doxygen support

I'm creating some doxygen in Emacs and I can't find any mode for this purpose. The only mode I found is the below project which seems too old (last release from 2007!). Do you any alternatives to this ...
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Help Buffer on Hover Possible?

I'm looking for something similar to Eldoc mode (hover over a function and the parameter list appears in the minibuffer), only I'd like to have a help buffer appear, as if I had just run describe-...
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Spacemacs layer documentation

In ~/.emacs.d/layers/.../any-given-layer there is almost always a README documenting this layer's functionality. Is there a key binding, or function that opens the README associated with a given layer?...
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How does (org-agenda-todo arg) work? What does the argument mean?

By trial and error I have found that in org-agenda (org-agenda-todo 'done) marks the entry at point as "DONE". Can you explain why? How can I modify the argument to the org-agenda-todo function (or ...
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How to configure emacs to show documentation alongside completions while using gocode?

I have been using gocode with emacs and it gives completions of functions. Is there any way to get emacs to show the documentation of those functions in a pop up too. I am using auto-complete with go-...
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FORM vs BODY in documentation?

Recently I was trapped by void-variable error on eval-after-load. That is not first time I forget to quote args like: (eval-after-load 'sql '(progn ...)) because eval-after-load docs say: ...
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Good ways to access documentation?

Emacs has self-documentation as one of its goals, and it achieves this pretty well for Emacs Lisp with commands like describe-variable, describe-function, etc. Packages like company-quickhelp make ...
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Disable popwin temporarily with pop-up documentation

Following this question about automatically displaying documentation in a pop-up window, I decided to give it a try based on existing work on Popup Help in Emacs Lisp and clippy. However, I've run ...
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Pop-up documentation with pos-tip or popup?

Is there a package to get a popup of the documentation for the thing at the point? Here's an example that flycheck uses.
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Finding the source file containing the definition of functions and variables

Is it possible to merge find-function and find-variable to a single find-function-or-variable to be able to search both functions and variables at the same time and going to their definition in the ...
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Documentation for Python with company

I'm using Emacs with company and company-quickhelp. This works fine for Elisp and Clojure. However, displaying the quickhelp popup (or function signature) in Python mode doesn't work. I installed ...
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C-h i *info* directory is nearly empty

My situation is similar to Info file emacs does not exist. I installed emacs24, emacs24-el, and emacs24-common-non-dfsg on Ubuntu 14.04. Unlike in that other question, C-h r does work for me and I do ...
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How to cross reference input method in docstring?

I'd like to cross reference an input method from a minor mode docstring: (define-derived-mode xxx ... "Super `xxx' derived mode. Cool to use with input method `my-magic-input-method'.") Now ...
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How to quote symbols in a documentation string?

In the Emacs Lisp documentation, I often come across quoted symbols like `buffer-file-name' inside docstrings. The intersting thing here is the style of quoting, by surrounding the symbol name with a ...
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How to look up documentation for a minor mode?

I just decided that I should try the outline-minor-mode for showing and hiding Emacs lisp defun definitions in an Emacs Lisp file. So I typed M-x outline-minor-mode and then I would like to get an ...
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Is there a mode to indent doxygen type comment block with function parameters?

Consider the following php function: public function test(array $a, SomeObject $b) { return 0; } I would like to automatically generate the following code block: /** * @param array $a * @...
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Info file emacs does not exist

When I type C-h r I get error: Debugger entered--Lisp error: (error "Info file emacs does not exist") signal(error ("Info file emacs does not exist")) error("Info file %s does not exist" "...
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Where is the python.el documentation?

I am using emacs-24.3, which comes with python.el and IPython support out of the box (or so they say). Is there documentation for this mode? Where can I find it?
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Variables not shown in company-mode

I use company-mode for auto-completion and sometimes I have a strange problem with Emacs-Lisp. Variables are not shown among the completion candidates. Sometimes, if shown, pressing <f1> doesn't ...
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How to make M-x and C-h f share the history?

It's quite common that I'll look through a command's documentation with C-h f, and then invoke the command with M-x immediately afterwards. Right now, the shortest way I've found to “invoke the last ...
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Jump to documentation buffer with company-mode

I have recently switched from auto-complete-mode to company-mode and I having fun. Recently I had to write some Emacs Lisp code. I start typing my function, completion candidates are shown, I press F1 ...
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hierarchy of modes

I am aware that org-mode derives from outline-mode, in the same way as outline-mode derives from text-mode, which derives from nil. I have always wonder if there exists something similar to a ...
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how often is the official Emacs manual updated?

Q: How often/quickly is the official Emacs manual updated? The release announcement of Emacs 24.4 has a blurb at the bottom stating that the FSF's official Emacs manual has been updated to correspond ...