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Open folder `/ssh:example.com` or file in it

You can open SSH resources in Emacs. Unfortunately, the pathspec used for SSH resources conflicts with possible paths in the virtual file system. If I run sudo mkdir "/ssh:example.com" sudo touch "/...
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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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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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Remapping find-file to helm-find-files

I have Helm installed and added this line to the end of the init file: (define-key global-map [remap find-file] 'helm-find-files) So, when I restart Emacs and try C-x C-f it executes helm-find-files....
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Looking for an existing function for find-file-not-found-functions to do form style creation

I have the habit when creating larger projects to make files called skeleton.typ with all the standard boilerplate for a file of that type (e.g. copyright notices, licenses, the standard html/head/...
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How can helm-find-files be adapted to include previously open files, projects etc?

After doing some more search concerning Does the recent files in emacs display files opened in previous sessions? I realize that C-x C-f is bound in my config to helm-find-files. How can helm-find-...
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find-alternate-file and move point

When using find-alternate-file, to refresh the file in the current buffer, point is always moved back to the start of the file. How can I get point to be moved to where I was in the file before ...
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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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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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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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C-x C-f results in the error message: “Wrong type argument: commandp, counsel-find-file”

I opened Emacs, and executed C-x C-f. A beep sounded and the following message appeared in the status line: Wrong type argument: commandp, counsel-find-file All I wanted was to open an existing file....
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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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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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Search files in folder

Windows 10, Emacs 26.1 dired+ I want in dired mode find files by names, content Approach#1 - use external tools. What tools you can suggest? Approach#2 - use only built-in Emacs function on ...
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Disable ivy for find-file

Is it possible to disable ivy-mode for file prompts? In a past I used find-file to copy current file name or path to file. dired-do-rename also is broken by Ivy: no default completion for current ...
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Why does opening a file take so long in python mode?

Opening a small python file, with <10 buffers open, takes a long time. Here's a gist of the profile of trying to open this file (giving up with C-g after 2 minutes). Deactivating ido-mode tells ...
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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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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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Wrong type argument: stringp, (“~/capture.org”)

I am setting up a few hydras, one of which should open a frequently accessed file. The following command works, if I bind a keyboard sequence to it: (lambda () (interactive) (find-file "~/capture.org"...
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Command to invoke menu-bar's open-file?

The traditional way of opening a file is via C-x C-f (find-file). I don't know since when this has been the case, but in Emacs 27.0.50 (Linux), using the menu bar's File -> Open File invokes the GTK ...
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Troubleshooting: changing default folder in .emacs not working

I am trying to make emacs start on the folder where all my orgfiles are saved. I achieved this in my windows machine by changing the "Start In" field of the shortcut properties, as suggested in this ...
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Close found file but not emacs?

I'm using emacs in terminal mode. I open it up and then use c-x c-f to edit a file. I'm using evil mode so I then use :x to save and exit. I end up leaving emacs all together. Is there something else ...
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emacsclient --eval command to bring a background emacs window to front

Suppose I already opened a emacs but its in the background. So, is there an emacsclient eval option that I can type in the shell like: emacsclient --eval "(bring-existing-emacs-window-to-front)" To ...
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Fuzzy search for directory when you don't know the full directory name

Say I want to find a directory like: foo/bar/bazz/bar/directory_name_looking_for/stuff.xml And I don't know the intermediate directory paths, or the full directory name, but remember that the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Function to find a file or open a URL depending on argument?

Q: in there a function that can find a file or open a URL as needed? I have a string that can be either a) a local filename, or b) a URL. Is there an existing function that I can call on the string ...
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Don't offer non-file-name as a file name in find-file

When opening a file with find-file, the default entry in the minibuffer is the current directory. If I press Down, I see the name of the current file (if the current buffer is visiting a file). ...
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How to avoid a dialog box for input (e.g. “Open File” behavior)?

I generally like to use the emacs-gtk3 package for my editing since I find it has better compatibility with my clipboard and a couple packages I use..but I don't like opening files in the GUI version ...
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How to edit and return value of string in Emacs Lisp?

Here is what I wish to achieve: (defun rcd-edit-value (value) (let ((file (make-temp-file "rcd-db-" nil ".txt" value))) (find-file file) (string-from-file))) (defun string-from-...
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Icicle: After load icicles the ido mode is gone?

windows 10, emacs 26.1, icicles Before Icicles when I type C-x C-f is show list of folders/files in ido mode. And it's very comfortable for me. But after I install Icicles and turn on icy-mode the ...
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How to limit the up-directory search for file info

As Emacs opens a file it does all sorts of useful things including walking up the directory tree for more information (repos etc). I'm in a situation where I need to curtail that climb. Is there a ...
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CSharp files modified on open

When I open files that default to csharp-mode, they always start modified. This is only occurring for csharp-mode. save-buffers-kill-emacs with the d option (view changes in this buffer) shows ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Using helm to create a file while in a helm session

I often find myself in a command that queries for a filename e.g. diff-tell-file-name. This command asks me what file to apply a diff to. In my case, often the file does not exist and I would like ...
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Emacs 26-1 Problems : find-file and neotree

The Problems: I just did a full re-install to Fedora 29, which included the dnf install emacs command. This installed emacs 26-1; formerly I was using emacs 25.2. Formerly, my emacs initialization ...
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Find dirrectories paths from a list of names via tramp session

I have a remote host accessing via tramp there is a list of directori names I'd like to find on that host. What I do now - connect to remote server and while read -r name; do find / -type d -name "$...
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Combine find file at point and find file in project

I'm very new to customizing Emacs, and haven't written Elisp commands before. I'm struggling to find a command and key binding that combines find-file-at-point and find-file-in-project (or similar), ...
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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* ...