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Helm is an incremental completion and narrowing framework for Emacs. It is available for installation from MELPA.

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Why is everything helm super slow?

Helm for me is unbearably slow. I'm not sure how to diagnose it. If I either try helm-M-x or helm-buffers-list, it takes like 5 seconds to show any result. I will try to fill out more details here, ...
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Helm-bookmark suddenly slow (profiler report attached)

Recently I must wait ~10 seconds for helm-bookmarks to appear. Does somebody discover anything helpful in the cpu profiler report? 456 80% - command-execute 228 40% - call-interactively ...
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Scroll margin in buffers list

Setting (setq smooth-scroll-margin 10) with the smooth-scrolling package enables the introduction of a scroll margin, which has the advantage of avoiding jumps when the cursor reaches the end of the ...
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How to disable helm result list to wrap over when scrolling?

Since recently, when using helm-mini (SPC b b / recent buffers) or helm-swoop (SPC s s / search in buffer) and scrolling with arrow keys (or Ctrl-j) through the results, it doesn't stop at the start/...
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helm-mini sort buffer names as helm-recenf

helm-recentf and helm-mini functions sort buffers or files based on the time at which I opened the file or buffer. Problem happens after typing character in helm buffer. While helm-recentf function ...
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With helm-do-grep-ag, how can I helm-toggle-truncate-line to be able to see the whole line?

The results for helm-do-grep-ag disappears off screen I've found this command C-c > (helm-toggle-truncate-line) to truncate lines This works;) , but I want to set it default.
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How to disable Helm's yes/no/save dialog

I'm using Helm, but want to use the original Emacs dialog instead of Helm's version when closing an unsaved file. Turns out I prefer using the Emacs' simple y-or-n-p dialog. How do I disable Helm in ...
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Emacs (maybe helm?) prefers buffers that aren't visible - how to change this?

When switching buffers, emacs seems to prefer buffers that aren't already visible. For example, normally when I'm editing and switch to another file, when I C-x b, the buffer I was last in is at the ...
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Helm-projectile comes with docker-tramp, and haven't figured a way to solve it

I use Doom Emacs. When starting with an empty configuration and adding the following line: (use-package! helm-projectile :custom (helm-projectile-on)) Save it and restart Emacs, then I get ...
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How to save a new buffer to a new file with helm?

(It's likely a dumb question as I'm new to emacs buffer saving commands.) After creating and editing a new buffer (with a temp name "untitled"), I would like to save it to a new file (not ...
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Difference between helm-occur and helm-swoop?

helm swoop seems slow sometimes. I'm trying helm occur, and wonder what's the difference. They look very similar. I'm asking because I'm afraid I'm missing a point that the library is trying to ...
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Question on modifying Helm's search (helm-ag or similar tools)

I'd like to do the following when I search - find symbol in a project - add restrictions (options) - to narrow to files that matches a pattern (--include) - to narrow to files that doesn't ...
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helm M-x is executing command twice?

I execute a command M-x pyvenv-workon It is called twice as below, wonder why The first call stack trace shows the correct path to the virtualenv spacemacs//python-setup-shell("/Users/...
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xref-find-apropos vs vc-git-grep

I 've been using git specific commands from helm (I think it internally uses vc-git-grep I find xref-find-definitions work very well. and wonder how xref-find-apropos compare with vc-git-grep I coulnd'...
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Increasing results candidates for helm-ag?

When I need to make bulk edits in my project, I use helm-ag to find my pattern recursively in all the files, run replace-regexp on the editing buffer, and then commit. One thing in particular I find ...
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macos, terminal emacs overwrite ui emacs' buffer history (and probably other things)

I am a macos & spacemacs user and installed my emacs through https://emacsformacosx.com/. For UI based emacs I just click on the emacs icon. For terminal I run this command: alias emacs='$(/...
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Repeat the same search in `helm-rg`, visiting buffers between search

I'm trying to do the following: find all buffers containing text "foo" visit each of those buffers to perform some edition Using helm-rg, I'm forced to do this: M-x helm-rg Enter the text ...
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Helm see options for opening a file

I'm new to emacs and using Spacemacs Doom. I pressed SPC f r t of find recent files and I used the arrow keys to select the one I want. Now I want to see what options I have for opening it (open in ...
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Make the most recently visited buffer on top of the Buffers list with switch-to-buffer under helm

When I do C-x b under helm the topmost buffer in the list is the most recently visited buffer except if another window is currently visiting that buffer. How can I make the topmost buffer be the most ...
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Org-mode tag autocomplete with helm adds unwanted comma

When using org-capture, tags are auto-completed with a comma that is not compatible with org-mode tags (org-mode tags are separated by colons) I believe helm is assisting with the tag autocomplete ...
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How can I disable helm file completion for interactive shell command?

I have turned on (helm-mode 1) and selectively turned it off for find-file for default emacs behavior, which I prefer. I would also like to restore non-helm behavior for file completion when invoking ...
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Error when using helm setup with use-package

My current helm configuration is (use-package helm :bind (("M-x" . helm-M-x) ("C-x b" . helm-mini) ("C-x C-f" . helm-find-files) ("C-x C-...
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Getting error "Cannot open load file: No such file or directory: helm-config" suddenly after upgrading to MacOS 13.1

I recently upgrade my Macbook Air to MacOS Ventura 13.1. I also updated X-Code, command line tools, brew (upgrade and update). Now I'm experiencing issues with my .emacs.d/init.el and .emacs.d/common....
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Cannot navigate Emacs Commands in helm M-x

I'm trying to comment a region of code in my init.el file, so I type M-x comment-region While I see the match I want in Emacs Commands Helm actually autocompletes this to uncomment-region since this ...
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Error with helm-config

Suddenly, I'm getting the error "No such file or directory" "helm-config" when I start Emacs. Here's what I have in my config.org which is called by init.el (use-package helm :...
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What customizations are available for helm's matching?

I've been looking for a list of options that control how helm matches and sorts the "source" list. In today's example, I was using helm-projectile-find-file looking for gif.rb and Helm takes ...
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Setting Helm custom source from the result of a search

I want to be able to use the results of a regexp search as an helm source. The goal here is to find all the labels of a latex document, this in part because I find this useful but also to learn Helm ...
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Helm follow mode for sorted list of text files

I need to browse lots of text files and want to use helm follow mode to preview the files without leaving the helm session. To do so I tried helm-find-files which lets me sort the candidates ...
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How to toggle `helm-ff-skip-boring-files` during file navigation with `helm-find-file`?

I'd like to be able, with a keystroke, to hide/show boring files during the file navigation in helm-find-files. I defined a function (defun mxl/toggle-helm-ff-skip-boring () (interactive) (setq ...
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How do I call helm in the middle of switch-to-buffer (using vertico)?

Say I'm in the middle of switch-to-buffer (using vertico.el btw), I couldn't find the buffer/file I need. I want to use a key binding to call helm-recentf or helm-locate etc, how should I go about ...
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Helm: ignore *~/some/path/to/a/file output* buffers

In my *helm for files* buffer are listed buffers of the form *~/some/path/to/a/file output* and I'd like to hide them thanks to helm-boring-file-regexp-list. My current attempt with the setting below ...
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Enabling helm interferes with R/ESS

I have helm enabled in an Org file that init.el calls. The code looks like the following: (use-package helm :config (require 'helm-config)) (global-set-key (kbd "M-x") #'helm-M-x) (...
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Helm get current user input

I am trying to write a custom source for Helm. This source, however, should also give me the opportunity to create new objects, and not just select between those existing. The problem is, when what ...
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How can I replicate Spacemacs's evil bindings on the helm-find-files / helm switch to buffer modes?

I'm moving away from Spacemacs to vanilla Emacs + Evil and I liked the C-hjkl shortcuts that were available while navigating helm buffers (C-h / C-l moved up/down directories in helm find files, C-j ...
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"Opening directory permission denied `/Users/myname/Documents/'" in Spacemacs on MacBook Air M1

I am using Spacemacs and I am getting this error in HELM when I am trying to go in the Documents folder via HELM on my MacBook Air M1 computer: @@@@file-error: Opening directory permission denied `/...
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How to shorten the C-x C-b M-a C-s key binding bound to helm-mini Multi occur submode?

I have currently bound C-x C-b to helm-mini. While running helm-mini, I can then type M-a C-s followed by typing in more characters which narrows down the candidates to those buffers that match on ...
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How to show a list in helm mode

Suppose, we have a custom list we want to show to the user and allow him to select a value. I tried to use helm, but couldn't figure out how to do it: (helm :sources '(("aaa" . 1), ("...
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Error running timer: (void-function helm-completion--flex-transform-pattern)

Since a recent packages update (and still with the latest helm version 20220114), (almost) each time I try to use helm-for-files, I get the following error: Error running timer: (void-function helm-...
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How to preserve helm project search results to iterate through them

I am using spacemacs with vim bindings and doing a search project-wide for something like while \( with SPC s p. I get the results in a helm buffer and can enter transient state to navigate them, but ...
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How can I make `helm-google-suggest` use DuckDuckGo?

I quite like helm-google-suggest, but I would like it even more if it didn't connect to Google. Once you have your candidate, searching for it in a better search engine is as simple as this: (setq ...
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Can I limit refile targets with helm using a regular expression?

I would like to be able to use regular expressions in helm when selecting a refile target following an org-refile call. For example, if my list of targets includes 1. H1/ 1. H1/P1/ 1. H1/P1/C1/ 1. H1/...
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How to display the minibuffer above candidates in helm

I am looking for configuration that displays the minibuffer in which to type input above matching candidates in a helm buffer. I went through each helm variable and the closest named variable was helm-...
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How do I make `helm` save search results in a grep buffer?

I do helm-find-files (C-x c C-x C-f>), Tab, "Grep current directory with AG" (M-g a), enter pattern, Tab, "Save results in grep buffer" (F3). Now, how do I make M-g M-n/M-g M-p ...
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How to lists all shortcuts available for currently active major mode? [duplicate]

I simply want to get the list of shortcuts. For example, when my cursor is in Treemacs, I press '?' and then mini-buffer opens which show all available shortcuts. But same thing isn't true for other ...
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Is it problematic to use simultaneously Helm and Ido-mode? What are the consequences?

I am new to Emacs. When I started using it 2 months ago, a co-worker suggested using helm which definitely improved my use of Emacs. In addition, I have been slowly reading the book Mastering Emacs, ...
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Magit becomes very slow in spacemacs

I am a on and off spacemacs user for a long time but I have recently started working on some bigger projects and so I started investing some more time into improving my workflow and in particular I ...
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Helm installing issues

I am trying following a book (Mastering Emacs) and right now stuck on a section about working with Helm. I tried to install through various means, listed there, and found online, my last attempt was ...
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Can't use helm `find-file` action with key binding

I have the following code that I found here (note that the buffer version works fine): (use-package helm) (use-package ace-window) (defun helm-find-ace-window (file) "Use ‘ace-window' to ...
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How to speed up function in helm-dependent library

I have found that the following function is taking up a massive amount of time (75%-85%) in a library I am working on. What is slowing it down? It uses cl-loop, but I don't think that is what is ...
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Color settings with helm

I use helm a lot. I have a problem setting colors. In my init.el I have (require 'helm) (require 'helm-config) ;; change active line color (set-face-attribute 'helm-selection nil :...
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