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How to create a file from a template if it does not exist or open existing copy?

Trying to make a function that I can call to create a file from a template or open an existing file. Current attempt is as follows: (defun journal-entry () (interactive) (let ((daily-name (format-...
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Is there a way to show/open a file from a URI/URL

Is there some way to download and show a file from a URI/URL? I now I can use wget and then open the downloaded file and I guess I could even try to write myself a small function to do this. But ...
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Setting default-directory does not change find-file directory

I try to set a default path for opening a file via C-x C-f by adding the following to my .emacs: (setq default-directory "~/some_dir/") However, after I launch Emacs in some directory, the find-file ...
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Quickly open file by full path in clipboard

There is something that blocks my workflow quite often and I'm quite sure it's easy to solve. I sometimes copy file paths (e.g. /tmp/bar/foo.gz) from the command line into my host systems clipboard. ...
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How to write a custom find-file function

I want to write a set of functions that call specific files, not by a specific name, but the newest file (with a certain suffix) in the directory. So far I've got (defun org_lisp_dir () (...
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Is there a way to make emacs fully complete a filename and cycle through the completions by hitting tab?

In Windows (the command prompt) when you hit TAB to complete a file name, you get a full file name, and can cycle through the completions by hitting TAB. Is there any ready way to get emacs to do ...
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Quickly navigate path with evil-mode's ex commands?

I am new to Emacs. I like how I can easily navigate to a file via helm-mode-find-file in helm. Is there any way to combine any variant of this (helm or otherwise) with evil's ex commands (eg, :e, :sp,...
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find-file-hook but only if file is selected

This is pretty simple, I'm trying to find (or build) a hook that fires when files are visited and selected (i.e. immediately displayed). Background I'm writing a UI centric entry for find-file-hook, ...
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Why do I get a different file content when I'm opening it with different Emacs versions on Windows7

I'm opening the very same file with Emacs-24.5 and with Emacs-23.1. But the latter shows me what seems to be an older version of this file! Might this be a bug of in Emacs-23.1? I updated the ...
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Switch buffer to the file path in current cursor position

My .emacs file contains multiple file names as, (load "~/.emacs.d/others/keymaps.el") (load "~/.emacs.d/others/py.el") (load "~/.emacs.d/others/web.el") Is there a way any library, gives way for me ...
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ECB Never ask to make buffer read-only

In my current Emacs configuration, when ECB is active and I find-file in a non-existing directory, I keep getting interrupted to answer the following question in the echo-area: File /tmp/new-foo/bar....
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find-file opens file but buries its buffer when ECB is activated

I have a hook in my .emacs file that activates ECB when prog-mode entered: (add-hook 'prog-mode-hook 'ecb-activate) When I open the first file that starts a prog-mode, it seems to cause find-file* ...
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How to create a keybinding to a file in Emacs?

I have a frequently opened file in Emacs, which is deep inside my device. I want to bind the F5 key(or any other key) to open that file, how can I do that? (Using android to run emacs. [GNURoot, ...
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Can I stop Emacs from resetting default-directory every time I open a file?

If I: Start Emacs in my home directory (~) Find a file in the ~/Projects/ruby-play directory with C-x C-f Try to find another file with C-x C-f The default directory in the file finder will be ~/...
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Exclude dot-files from the find-file Completion List

When I run the find-file command and hit the tab key twice without giving anything, I get the Completion List of my, for instance, home directory. By default it lists everything inside, including the ...
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How to set the coding system for new files with specific extensions

When I visit a new file, ^xf, that has an extension of .sql or .dsql I would like the coding system to be set to utf-8-with-signature-dos. The default is currently iso-latin-1-dos. I'm running (...
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Load a file into a buffer without changing the display

I have a use-package idle hook that loads my org files into buffers for future use. I want this to be unobtrusive. However, I cannot find any find-file function which loads a file without changing the ...
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How to use find-file with wild-cards non-interactivley?

In this post it talks about opening org files via find-file. I'm trying to do this non-interactivley. I try calling: (find-file "~/git/LeoUfimtsev.github.io/org/" "*.org") But instead of opening ...
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Running out of L:/ etters: shortcut for path needed

I'm working with files which are stored on a server. The structure on the server is: //SBS/share/path/to/somewhere/2007/ //SBS/share/path/to/somewhere/2008/ //SBS/share/path/to/somewhere/2009/ ... //...
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transparently find file over ssh in *shell* directory

I ssh'd into a remote server from shell and tried to open a file on a directory path that also exists on my local system. The list of files I was able to open using helm-find-files was the list on my ...
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Load all org files into buffers?

I've got a couple dozen org files that I'd like to have loaded at once. They're in a directory structure something like this: org/dev org/dev/python.org org/dev/emacs.org ... org/dev/ios org/dev/ios/...
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Reloading files from disk in frame with emacsclient

This may be user error, but if I open a file with emacsclient -c file.tex then if I try to reload the file using C-x C-v, then I get the usual Find alternate file: but if I press enter on that, I ...
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Tell Dired to ignore file-at-point when invoking `ido-find-file` (`C-x C-f` in Ido mode)

I have discovered that a recent update to some of my emacs packages have caused C-x C-f while on a dired file to perform some operation on the entire file before prompting me for other files/...
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docview: suppress “File X is too large, really open?” confirmation

Is it possible to avoid the "File X is too large, really open?" confirmation? If not, would it be possible for Emacs to remember my answer the first time I visited a large file? If I visited it once,...
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auto-insert a skeleton and run a function when creating a new file

auto-insert-alist by default matches files created in .../bin/ directories and enables sh-mode. There are examples on the wiki showing how to use a skeleton to insert some text, but I want to both ...
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`find-file-hook` problem for large buffer that is just one long line

I got a file(for instance, ~/.mozilla/firefox/xxx.default/sessionstore-backups/recovery.bak) that its content is one whole line and size of over 1MB, if I open it in Emacs, Emacs will become very ...
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How to use an external program as the default way to open PDFs from Emacs?

When I M-x find-file a PDF, it is opened in Emacs. While this is nice, Emacs' PDF viewer lacks many features that I need and I would prefer to open PDFs in an external program instead. How can I ...
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Recently opened files in ido-mode

I use ido-mode, but one thing I hate about it is that after C-x C-f I cannot use up/down keys to cycle through recently opened files, as it used to be for example with iswitchb. How can I set ido to ...

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