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Use this tag for questions about moving, deleting, or opening files. Or for questions about the difference between a buffer and its file. For topics such as "Saving Files", use "buffers" instead.

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How to rename files to numbers in Eshell?

List of files: $ ls -1 *.jpg IMG_20210909_0003.jpg IMG_20210909_0004.jpg IMG_20210909_0005.jpg IMG_20210909_0006.jpg IMG_20210909_0007.jpg … I want to rename these files to 1.jpg, 2.jpg, …, and I ...
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global-auto-revert-mode with confirmation first?

I know I can use (global-auto-revert-mode 1) to automatically revert a buffer if the buffer has been changed in another editor. However, when Emacs detects (automatically) that the buffer has changed, ...
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How to prevent copy-directory from choking on Unix socket files?

I need to copy a directory tree that holds Unix socket files somewhere inside. As Unix sockets cannot be copied, when I use copy-directory, the copy-file function used by copy-directory throws an ...
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Is there a predefined way to detect if a file is a Unix socket?

Are there predefined Emacs functions to check if a file is a Unix socket? The best I could come up with is the following code. (defun socket-p (fname) "Return non-nil if FNAME is a Unix Socket, ...
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Open the directory of currently opened file using the OS's file explorer

This is essentially the same question as this one. But the accepted answer there opens Dired for me in Emacs 28 while previously it opened Caja. Could someone offer a fix? I tried commenting there but ...
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How can I open an org file at a specific header postion via a command line?

I wan't to be able to programmatically open a file in org mode and scroll to a specific header. the file is quite big, so opening the file at a certain place is qhat I am looking for. Any idea how to ...
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Restore privileged folder access for previously working Emacs.app on Catalina (NOT system upgrade)

This is similar to How to Restore File System Access in macOS Catalina but the problem is different. I did not upgrade my operating system, only the app, and none of the solutions there are valid ...
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Tramp with Dired produces unwanted //DIRED// line

Connected via Tramp to an old remote system, when I list a directory using Dired, I get: /plink:user@example.com:/tmp: total used in directory 549 available 114.7 MiB drwxrwxrwt 3 root ...
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Emacs won’t access Documents directory on MacOS Big Sur

I am running Emacs 26.3 on MacOS 11.2.1 “Big Sur”. When I try to open the directory ~/Documents, it fails with the message “Listing directory failed but ‘access-file’ worked.” Emacs.app is given ...
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Filtering list of files to those recently edited

Suppose I have a list of files: (setq files '("/path/to/file1" ...)) Is there a way to reduce this list to only those files which were edited within the past, say, 10 days?
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Deleting a file with name that already exists in Trash

I use delete-by-moving-to-trash to move deleted files and folders into trash instead of deleting them. However, if the file or folder with the same name is already in Trash I get an error file already ...
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Save current file with a slightly different name in Helm

This is the same question as Save current file with a slightly different name, but for Helm. (The top answer given for the original question doesn't work in Helm, sadly: M-n (next-history-element) ...
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How to write a portion of text from current file to the beginning of another file?

I have written a function that extracts a portion of text from current file and writes it in another one: (defun foobar () (interactive) ;; re-search "beg" point ;; re-search "...
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open multiple files in tabs from command line

Emacs-27.1 ships with a new tab-bar-mode minor mode. This puts a tab bar at the top of each Emacs frame. Each tab in the tab bar can display multiple windows. Is there any way to invoke Emacs from the ...
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Search for file content with swiper-all or similar interface

I've been using swiper-all to search for content in buffers. This works really great as I easily can navigate between the files and select the ones I want to work with. Is there some way I can use a ...
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Setting up Emacs as an external editor on windows 10

Apologies if this has been asked multiple times already, haven't found a useful answer. I am trying to use Emacs as an external editor on two separate applications in windows 10, one is a notes app (...
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How do I save raw bytes into a file?

I'm trying to make a .wav file generator in Emacs Lisp. I have some binary data, as a sequence of bytes: (setq binary-data (list 62 236 60)) I would like to insert that data into a file. I expect ...
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reverse buffer order

I open Emacs from the command line to inspect 10+ files, say like this: emacs *.java However, all the files are listed in reverse order. This is getting kind of annoying--I'd like to start with the ...
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Function `cd` not working correctly in conjunction with `tramp` and `compile`

For context I am looking at a remote file; for example: /ssh:desktop:/home/user/project/src/file.cpp. I then issue the interactive command compile like so: cd /ssh:desktop:/home/user/project/Release &...
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Always open new files in the same window

When I open a file externally - through the terminal or the file manager GUI, it opens in a new window. How can I always open a file in a new buffer of an existing emacs session?
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Relationship between frame, buffer, and file

I am trying to check how frame, buffer, and file work. It seems to me that frame commands(C-x 5 ...) create a frame, whether a buffer or file exists or not. Here is what I am thinking: C-x 5 2 1. ...
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How to prevent creating files starting with .# (lock files)?

Emacs 26 I have a file rest.api.rc. When I start editing it, the following lock file is automatically created: .#rest.api.rc After saving file rest.api.rc, the lock file .#rest.api.rc is gone. How ...
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Open file in orgmode with external application. Check if file exists and create file from template if necessary

I want to create a file with org-open-at-point from a template if that file does not exist. If it exists, I want to open it in an external app. In org-mode, file-links are created by [[file:path-to-...
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Read first N lines of file into list

The general way this seems to be done using Elisp is to first read the entire file using something like insert-file-contents-literally or find-file-no-select, using split-string on a newline, and then ...
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Reading a list of string from a .txt file

I have a file, myfile.txt, whose content is: (query-replace "foo" "Hello" nil (point-min) (poin-max)) and this function: (defun comment-string-from-file () (interactive) (let ((STRING (with-...
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How to tweak dired-create-empty-file to facilitate the easy creation of files

I currently have bound the command dired-create-empty-file to f7. Emacs then prompts me for a file name. When I press f7 I would like Emacs to automatically create an ORG file and automatically ...
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Load a list from a file (in a script)

I have a script containing this code: (let ((JOURNALS '( ("abhandlungen aus dem mathematischen seminar der hamburgischen universitet" . "Abh. Math. Sem. Univ. Hamburg") ;; ...
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How to insert boilerplate code in a file based on the directory in which it is created?

Suppose I have a file dir1/this_file.txt and dir2/this_file.txt, and I want to insert different boilerplate code not based on the file name or extension, but based on the directory in which the file ...
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How to automatically create another file that matches a regex based on a file created?

Suppose I create a file in dir1/file1.txt. As soon as I write the file for the first time, I want to create another file in dir2/file1_friend.txt. But when I create a file dir1/file2.txt, I want the ...
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Instruct Emacs never to open files of a certain type or size

In Emacs by default there is a large file warning threshold. I would prefer to instruct Emacs never to open files of a certain type or size. These are files I would prefer always to open in an ...
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Can image-dired track renamed files?

I would like to view images using image-dired, then rename them. What I do at the moment: Open image-dired with my directory of choice. Mark an image that I want to rename. In the corresponding dired+...
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How to prompt user for a proper writable file in Emacs Lisp?

I need to prompt the user for a file which is 1) not a directory 2) if already exists, is writable. I know I can use read-file-name, but I'm not sure how to filter out the improper files. ...
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How delete folder named "build" in all subfolders?

Emacs 26.1, Dired+, Windows 10 Suppose I has the next dir tree: myproject myproject\app\ myproject\app\build myproject\app\src myproject\lib\build myproject\lib\src myproject\lib2\build myproject\...
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get the full path (path + filename) of the currently editing file in to the OS clipboard

when editing a file (for example a .pl file) Whats the quickest way to get the full path (path + filename) of the currently editing file in to the OS clipboard. I'm on macOS, where echo "hello" | ...
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How to get a list of all folder names under a folder?

I have a folder structure like this,i want get a list that all folder names in pack folder. Then traverse the list and load them ├── pack │   ├── completion │   │   ├── company │   │   │   └── pack-...
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How to open all the opened files from a previous session?

Whenever I open my spacemacs I see the recentf buffer which lists 5 files I had open in my previous session. There is only an option to open them one by one, and only five of them, because others are ...
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Using the :match attribute for custom matching for a Helm source

I'm trying to create a Helm source which matches the basename of files. I created a source which splits the basename of files in recentf list and puts the path behind it in parens (it uses the (...
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Sharing .org file between two users

My secretory creates a daily agenda for me by capturing task to shared org file mytodo.org. When I open the agenda or mark the task done, her ability to capture new task gets limited as the mytodo.org ...
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read epub with nov

Upon reading epub on emacs, I tried https://github.com/wasamasa/nov.el. Installed and configured step by step as its instructions. When C-x C-f to open an epub, it is displayed as M Filemode ...
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What tool can I use to compare files by content in dired mode? [closed]

windows 10 (64 bit) Emacs 26.1, Dired+ I need tool that can compare files by content with highlight different symbols. Example: As you can see I mark two files. Is it possible to compare this ...
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Simple Atom-style jump-to-file

I'm upgrading Emacs and moving from macOS to Windows after quite a few years getting by with a very old setup (eg, custom scripts for Anything). I've installed Helm. I'm interested in a simple way to: ...
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How to make find-file-other-window reuse existing window

Is it possible to make find-file-other-window open the file in a pre-existing window instead of creating a new one? Currently: |A---|B---| |A-|C-|B---| |----|----| -> ...
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how to ignore current selection from ivy when my typed text matches one

I run into this issue from time to time when I want to create a new file but the new name matches a pattern already so my Ivy auto-complete setup will pick the matched option when I press Enter ...
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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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Why does a certain file always gets opened on startup?

I'm using desktop-save-mode to automatically open the files that I had opened in the last session. This mode should also remember the files that I closed so that it no longer opens them in the next ...
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how to copy a deeply nested binary file from one git repo to another [closed]

I want to copy an image file from one github repo to another. The source and destination file paths are deeply nested within the repo (eg. copy ~/code/repo1/src/components/A/components/B/common/...
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Why Emacs (dired+) asks me twice to delete file?

windows 10, Emacs 26.1, dired+ Suppose I want to delete (move to trash) file in dired mode. D Emacs asks me: I press y and now it's asking me again to kill file. Why Emacs asks me twice? I want ...
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Open directory containing file during counsel-file-jump

I use counsel-file-jump to search files recursively. I would like to open the directory that contains a particular file candidate. I can execute counsel-dired after I open the file, which allows me to ...
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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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How do I silently write to a temporary file?

I made a modification in org-pomodoro to send the mode line to a pipe which I use in xmobar, but it keeps spamming my *Messages* buffer, thus making the line which displays it almost useless. (write-...

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