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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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When running helm-buffers-list, after I start narrowing, how do I keep the ordering of the results by most recently used?

When I run helm-buffers-list, I get a list of buffers, ordered by most recently used. This is great. But when I start filtering that list, it sorts by buffer name length! So the top result may be a ...
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helm-mu on macOS throws Invalid read syntax: (")

Hej guys, I get an error when searching through my mails with helm-mu. Messages gives Invalid face reference: helm-grep-finish [96 times] error in process filter: helm-mu-candidate-parser: End of ...
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eval-expression on (setq helm-debug t) does not change describe-variable output

I'm running this version of Emacs: GNU Emacs 26.3 (build 2, x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.24.11) of 2019-09-23, modified by Debian Installed on Ubuntu 19.10 via apt, and not built from source. ...
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navigate into the project

I have lost my emacs config and I try to reconfigure my .init.el on my work station. I have install helm and defined : (global-set-key (kbd "C-x C-f") 'helm-find-files) I have the good windows, but ...
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Commands with Keybindings only

When I run helm-M-x and enter characters, I like to see only those commands which has key-bindings. How I can achieve that? I like to have reverse functionality as well, ie.. commands without key-...
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a function to grep specified files?

My Emacs customizations reside in a few separate .org files, all in the directory ~/emacs-prelude/personal. I'm always searching these files to find and change settings. How can I define a function ...
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Doing grep on files after doing helm-grep-do-git-grep?

For example, you helm-grep-do-git-grep with foo Helm will give you list of matching lines. Let's assume there are 100 matching lines in 12 files. I want to do helm-grep-do-git-grep with bar on those ...
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Preventing Helm C-k from deleting entire minibuffer

Probably a very simple answer, but when I use helm-find-files, I often accidentally hit C-k (helm-delete-minibuffer-contents) instead of C-j (helm-execute-persistent-action), deleting the entire ...
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Installing helm-projectile results in “mapc: Lisp nesting exceeds ‘max-lisp-eval-depth’”

Context Linux Mageia 7. Emacs 26.3 (vanilla install). Problem Reproducible steps: (Re)Move the content of ~/.emacs.d/elpa. Start emacs with no configuration (emacs -Q). In the *scratch* buffer, ...
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How to navigate inside helm buffer

How to navigate inside helm (helm-mini in this case) vertically with arrow keys? I mean, I wanna go to Recentf "submenu" (like on picture), but pressing down arrow keep iterating over Buffers. I found ...
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Helm for anything

I use Helm for switching between buffers, opening files, m-x'ing, etc. Is there a way to make helm search in all these things at the same time? I'd like a super-helm to provide all the results I'd ...
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How to write a helm persistent-action to open a file at a particular line number?

I have written a helm-extension that at the end shows a list of entries where each entry is like this: module_name function_name file-path line-number I am now writing a persistent-action that ...
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Helm source from a hash-table

I want to build a helm-source from a large hash-table, is there a smarter/faster way to to this, than the way described below? (setq tab #s(hash-table size 16 test equal ...
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Error running timer: (error “Candidates function `helm-git-grep-process' should run a process”)

I'm getting this error when trying to run helm-git-grep. As soon as I start typing the first character of the pattern, I get this: Error running timer: (error "Candidates function `helm-git-grep-...
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helm-ag , use word at point as input conditionally

I'd like to create two keybindings for helm-do-ag-project-root or helm-project-ag where one would have (setq helm-ag-insert-at-point nil) and one would have (setq helm-ag-insert-at-point 'symbol) So ...
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How to sort Helm command list alphabetically

When I hit M-x R I get the following list of commands: How can I sort this alphabetically, so that "R" is the first item on the list?
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spacemacs: keep track locations of smart search

I have custom visit history ring which is independant of search seach engine used. I would like spacemacs smart search filled my ring as well. Details: 1. I'm in some buffer under location1. 2. I've ...
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How to navigate through bookmarked directories in helm-find-files?

I have some bookmarked directories (regular Emacs bookmarks). I'd like helm-find-files to quickly navigate to the files in these directories. I've tried helm-bookmarks but it will only open the ...
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Symbol's value as variable is void: helm-map

Windows 10, Emacs 25.1 In my init.el (define-key helm-map (kbd "<tab>") 'helm-execute-persistent-action) But on start Emacs I get error: Symbol's value as variable is void: helm-map
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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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How to call an interactive function while building helm-sources?

With a region selected I can call this function "accdeb" (below) that gives me the right results in a list. How can I feed this list to helm ? With the code below I get: wrong-number-of-arguments. ...
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search for strings and subheadings in org heading

As my org files keep growing, it is getting more complicated to find what I'm looking for. For now I'm using helm-occur to find strings and helm-org-in-buffer-headings to find headings in org files. ...
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Quickly navigate through a cascade of otherwise empty directories in helm

I'd like to be able to quickly skip to the bottom of a cascade of otherwise empty directories. Consider the following directory structure: foo/ bar/ baz/ a.txt b.txt If I were in ...
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Helm/Projectile outside a project

I use the packages Helm and helm-projectile for navigating in Emacs. I ran into problems, when I use projectile-helm inside Helm, and I'm able to reproduce this with a empty Emacs init file. The ...
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`helm-comint-input-ring` for term-mode?

I like helm-comint-input-ring in emacs shell, and I configured it to read .bash_history file to get more commands in history. However, I mainly use term-mode recently, and helm-comint-input-ring is ...
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Org-ref with biblatex - is it feasible or should bibtex be preferred?

I am contemplating setting up org-ref to use within org mode for drafting scientific texts. However, as I go through various blogs etc. on the subject, it seems that org-ref is tailored for the ...
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Helm expands ~. Is it possible to expand other “aliases” as well?

Apparently anaconda-mode provides eldoc support on remote files, but it kinda breaks TRAMP if the remote file name contains an ssh alias (TRAMP will keep reconnecting over and over). It is ...
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In a terminal (not in Emacs), how can I use emacs helm/swipe to choose old shell command from bash_history?

In a terminal, we can use C-r to search a command from bash_history, but it is far less powerful than the Emacs package like helm-swoop or ivy-swipe. How can I use a shortcut in terminal (e.g., C-r) ...
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Selecting a file via helm using multiple sources

I have a customized find-file that uses helm sources to help load a file into my buffer. Now, however, I would like to be able to select a file using the same algorithm and store that filename into a ...
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How to make helm list all options when hitting M-x

I unfortunately lost my init_helm.el file, and had to reconstruct it from scratch, so far only with these commands: (require 'helm) (helm-mode 1) The functionality I miss the most is the ability to ...
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Find files interactively with a yassnippet with helm-find-files?

I've seen the answers to this question on inserting filenames interactively within a yasnippet. They are excellent and work great. I was wondering, however, if it's possible to expand them to use the ...
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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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Does grepping via helm support searching for multiple words in any order like other helm completions?

When searching multiple terms with Helm separated with spaces then Helm returns the results which mach the terms in any order. This is good. Sometimes I try grep via helm. E.g. I use helm-recentf to ...
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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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use-package won't load helm for projectile

I'm trying to use use-package to load projectile. Projectile uses helm for completion, which I'm also loading with use-package. Since projectile and helm have :bind sections I believe they're both ...
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Use Helm for Org Refile Completion

I want to use helm for org-refile completion when determining which heading to refile under. Here are some excerpts from my initialization script. (setq org-refile-targets '(("~/Documents/GTD/Gtd....
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Avoid spurious buffers with helm-find-file

I have C-x C-f bound to helm-find-files. Mostly this works really well, but if I hit TAB when there are no completions for an item (most often because I've fumble-fingered the directory or filename ...
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helm-gtags doesn't reflect the latest code change

I'm using helm-gtags-find-tag-from-here command a lot. It works fine as long as there is no change to the source file contains the definition of symbol under the cursor. However, if I modify the ...
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How could i create helm-find-file function that copies selected file path

Is there a way to create helm-find-files function that would copy file path upon completion instead of opening it? It's important that original helm-find-files function would still open files.
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create new file helm-find-file with ffap

I have helm-find-files bound to C-x C-f. When I use it with a filename at point, and the file exists, it uses ffap to offer me that file, which is nice. But when the file does not exist, it just ...
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How do I select 'flag' options for magit through helm?

I'm using spacemacs with helm and magit. There are some options, for example, the ability to sort log entries in reverse order, that have a flag by them. I don't know how to select any of these ...
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How to use negation in helm-gid

I would like to be able to execute M-x helm-gid and type in: one two !three But the "!" operator seems to be treated as if it is looking for id's that contain the "!" character. It works great in ...
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Can `helm-ag` commands ignore git submodules?

When I am running helm-ag commands in a large project with multiple git submodules, the shared libaries are repeatedly searched. I do not want those be searched. So how can I change the helm-ag ...
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How to use helm-locate (or similar) when saving a buffer?

When opening a file, I often use helm-locate to quickly access any file anywhere. But when saving a new buffer, I navigate through the directory structure to get the location I need. Is there a way to ...
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How do you grep/ag in specific subdirectory of a project?

projectile-greps are probably the commands that I use the most. However, with some very large projects I am frequently interested in grepping only one subdirectory of the project. For my greps I ...
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How to get helm completion for an arbitrary function such as dired or magit-branch?

I would like to use helm completion for something that is not directly supported via function like helm-M-x or helm-mini. An example would be magit-branch, which would really benefit from helm.
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org-babel-tangle gives error function definition is void

Using the MWE example.org below, M-x org-babel-tangle returns: helm-M-x: Symbol’s function definition is void: mu4e-message-at-point $ cat /home/example.org #+begin_src sh :tangle example.sh ls #+...
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Helm find-files : inserting filename with spaces

I would like to be able to complete command-line arguments with spaces in eshell with helm, like so : evince A\ file\ with\ a\ lot\ of\ spaces.pdf Using helm and pcomplete works fine (spaces are ...
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How to see recently opened files in helm

What's the best way to get the recently opened files in helm. Without helm I just did C-c C-f and then arrow up to get the last opened file. And with M-r I was able to to a regexp search through ...
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Search in recent files

I use helm-recentf to receive the list of recent files. I would like to have an opportunity to search over the list of recently viewed files. Can I do it with grep or helm-swoop? Is there any other ...