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Find-file, but instead of showing file-names to select, show file content (html tag)

I'm attending a conference, and I have downloaded all abstracts so I can read them offline. They are all html files with the same structure. The files are numbered according to abstract submission ...
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Quick pattern expansion when using Tramp with Helm?

I find the "quick pattern" expansion in helm-find-files really helpful, e.g., the ability to just put a ~/ at the end of the pattern to jump to home or ending with / with to jump to the root....
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Open shell from find-file interactively

Currently, I can use C-x C-f to find-file (or ido-find-file) then open a dired directory and launch M-x shell. Is it possible to interactively navigate a path be it a local ~/Documents or tramp shell ...
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If `counsel-git` returns `Not in a Git repository`, can we run `find-file`?

I am using counsel-git to find files in my git repo. I have overwrite into default find-file's keybinding. (global-set-key (kbd "C-x C-f") 'counsel-git) If I am not in a git-repo, such as ...
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Why does emacs recognize my wildcard with finding file but not with searching buffer?

In the linux terminal, i often use wildcards (*) as a shorter alternative to type in the whole file name: if the file is named foo-and-cats I just type in something like fo* in order to pull up the ...
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Doom emacs deletes fortran module files

When I open a FORTRAN source file 'mod_module.f90' that defines a module 'mod_module' and another file named 'mod_module.mod' is present in the same directory, the later one gets deleted. This only ...
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Follow a file with row and column

How to make g f and/or find-file-at-point resolve file correctly in this format (gcc output) main.c:123:31: ....
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How to map keybindings to find-file?

How I can map keybindings to find-file since there is no find-file-mode-map or something like that? I am using the vertico minimalistic vertical completion UI.
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open file specified via environment variable

Environment variables that points to specific location are of common occurrence. $HOME, $XDG_CACHE_HOME, %LOCALAPPDATA% and many more. It is pretty convenient to open files (and directories) just by ...
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How to delete inserted directory names for `find-file` input?

I've been trying to figure out how to erase directories faster when I use find-file in vanilla Emacs. An example is Doom Emacs, you press backspace once, and erase the entire directory, but when I try ...
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Dired: open file in another frame, but reuse an already existing one

I use a two-screen setup, and I like to have a frame with dired on one screen and another frame on the second screen. When I want to work on a specific file, I usually copy the file path from dired ...
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How to multi-word search

When I use swiper to search inside a buffer I can use multiple search words separated by a blank space. This works. But I also want that behaviour when search for a file (C-x f), a variable or ...
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What's an easy way to do find file then fuzzy search by filename?

I am trying to learn emacs in order to use orgmode. I came from vscode universe. There's a Cmd+P in vscode that allows search by filename easily. Looks like this. Then i can use cursor keys to go up ...
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grep contents of a set of files from find

I want to grep contents of all CMakeLists.txt files in a project (nested within a directory) so I can jump from each instance, like I would when running emacs grep function. In the examples below I'm ...
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How to open a file in the current window

This question feels almost too basic, but I can't seem to find it. If you have two or more windows open in a frame, how do you open the file in the window that has your cursor? ctrl-x ctrl-f opens it ...
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How do I prevent find-file from filling in a file name?

Using spacemacs I usually open new files for editing with C-s C-f (for find-file), since that is recommended by this answer. However I have an issue when the file I wish to open is both new (doesn't ...
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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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C-x C-f TAB TAB: Find file completion list: how to highlight subdirectories?

Often I'd like to open a file in a subdirectory. But poor me, I can't remember the name. So when typing C-x C-f and then TAB TAB for the completion list, the list of all files in this directory is ...
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Disable `icomplete` with Emacs `find-file`

I have been experimenting with various completion frameworks in Emacs. I am currently using consult together with icomplete. I like the way things are working for me but I would like to disable ...
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C-x C-f Problem:

When i want to create a new file with C-x C-f (ido-find-file), and type main.lua, Emacs does not create a new file in the current directory (default-directory). Instead, it visits an existing main....
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How to open a file in other window in the middle of function run?

I use notmuch to read emails. I've configured notmuch to call offlineimap via pre-new hook. When I press G to refresh my notmuch buffer, I want emacs to open my offlineimap log file in another window ...
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find-file-hook when visiting file literally

I'm trying to hook into find-file-literally to turn off some global minor modes when visiting a file literally (which I usually do for large files). However, it does not appear that find-file-hook is ...
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How can I make sure that Emacs opens files with extension `*.rec` as normal text files?

How can I make sure that Emacs opens files with extension *.rec as normal text files? When I try to open a file with the extnsion *.rec, I get the error message Running someFile.rec...done without the ...
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Multi-directory tab completion for find-file?

I am frequently diving through many layers of directory hierarchies (thanks, Java) to find files named like this… java/test/com/company/thing/test/testy/testier/testier/Tester.java The main issue ...
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dired by name - change directory and create new file

I want to open a new file in a different directory than the current one. Pressing C-x C-f -> I could enter a file name. But I don't. Pressing RET The directory listing (mode (dired by name)) comes ...
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completion-ignored-filenames?

Is there a way to do ignore whole file names the same way as 'completion-ignored-extensions' ignores filename extensions? For example, I would like to blacklist __pycache__/, so that if the default ...
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Windows File open SLOW

Windows 10 Emacs 27.1 From C-x C-f File Till seeing the file actually open can take almost a minute! Tried emacs instead of runemacs. Also Menu-file-visit All the same I think there's some Mcafee ...
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Global `C-x C-f` binding is overridden

I don't like ido-find-file, which seems to be the default response to C-x C-f in my Emacs 23.1.1 installation on Centos. I tried to change it in my .emacs file: (global-set-key (kbd "C-x C-f"...
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C-x C-f, Cannot complete file name for desktop folders

I am new to Emacs. I am trying to access a file in the "Emacs" folder on my desktop. I run the C-x C-f command, then type ~/Desktop/Em. I then hit TAB, but there's no completion. Emacs says [...
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Don't show "." and ".." in counsel-find-file

I have a thing where I just don't like editing directories in emacs, and I never want to enter dired mode. Any time anything might want to put me into dired mode, I would prefer it not do that and ...
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Unable to find files with ssh and environment variables

I have installed exec-path-from-shell as well as included the following in my init.el (when (memq window-system '(mac ns x)) (exec-path-from-shell-initialize)) within my ~/.bash_profile I have ...
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Open folder in emacs and type name to match file

I have this line in my init.el: (global-set-key (kbd "C-c g") (lambda() (interactive) (find-file "~/Dropbox/myorgfiles"))) So when I type C-c g I get the directory contents of the ...
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how to open a file without using Ivy

Under most operations, when I open a file with C-x C-f Ivy pops up my narrowing list at the bottom and its great. However, I have a current situation when I'd like to open a file on a remote host in ...
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How to add a specific extension on filename for new files?

Say i create a new file using find-file (by typing a non-existing filename, since it create a newfile with said filename) How could i add the .org extensions at the end automatically? I heard of ...
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How to pass the result of yank to find-file?

So I wanted to basically copy the current selection, then yanking it into find-file, as when using: C-SPC: set-mark-command M-w: kill-ring-save C-x C-f: find-file C-y: yank While that works great, I ...
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How to delete backward word in find-file using ido?

I was using regular find-file, and have a current setup to delete a word, which was working inside find-file. (defun backward-delete-word (arg) "Delete characters backward until encountering the ...
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Opening files in new frame

I'm using a fairly frame-oriented workflow (or trying to). I've run into something strange. If I write this: (defun find-file-existing (filename) "Edit the existing file FILENAME. Like \\[find-...
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ivy counsel find-file with similar name

In the directory I have mongodb.js, now I want to create a db.js file but if I type the name and press enter counsel-find-file use regex to open mongodb.js. How can i create a db.js with counsel-find-...
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Strange behaivor counting lines in hooks `find-file-hook` or `text-mode-hook`

For me, the clearest measure for the size of a file is its number of lines. So, I want this information in my mode line. I am using Doom emacs and, even I could define my own mode line, for such a ...
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how to show local file listings with C-x C-f through IVY when starting in a remote file buffer

System: Mac OSX catalina Emacs: 26.3 I use Ivy as my completion framework. Problem is when I am editing a remote buffer over ssh using Tramp, and then I want to look at a file on my local machine. ...
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list files in directory in reverse order of date

When finding files with Ctrl-x Ctrl-f and then pressing Tab, to list the file completion names, is there a way to list these files in reverse order of their dates (when they were last edited)? ...
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Setup find-file-at-point to treat tilde as project root

A JavaScript project is setup with webpack path resolver like this: resolve: { alias: { '~': path.resolve(cwd, 'src') } }, This has the effect that a line in c:/...
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How to use helm to find files that match regex in subdirectory?

I had this functionality working until I recently revamped my init files. Now, I can't figure out how to get it back. I use helm-find-file (mapped to C-x C-f) for finding and opening files. I used ...
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Helm Find Files: prefer certain extensions

Helm find files lists files of the same name alphabetically. a.aux a.log a.tex b.aux b.log b.tex This is annoying as I want the .tex file 99% of the time. Is it possible to prefer certain extensions ...
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Help; how use Persistent Sets of Completion Candidates for search?

I want to use a set of files inside my directory ~/Dokumente to search for changes in title, content. So I saved such a set of file names persistently, using C-} during file-name completion with ...
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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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Debugging slow find-file performance

Trying to figure out why find-file (C-x C-f) operations are taking a long time on Windows 10 with emacs 26.3. I tried to do profiling and got following results. - command-execute ...
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Is there is an existing parser for `.gitignore` files?

Is there is an existing parser for .gitignore files? Maybe there is some Elisp package that includes something like this? Ideally, I would like to be able to read a .gitignore file in a given ...
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How to open two files in two frames on startup?

Here's what I'm trying to make happen: on startup, I want emacs to split vertically into two windows displaying two different files, with my to-do list on the left side of the screen and my notes on ...
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Append to a list inside an alist for custom find-file behaviour

cc-other-file-alist is part of find-file that looks something like this. (("\\.cc\\'" (".hh" ".h")) ("\\.hpp\\'" (".cpp")) ;; more such entries ) This is an alist where I'd like to append an ...
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