Questions tagged [help]

Questions about using the built-in help system in Emacs or how to find help.

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"helm-documentation"? (search docstrings like apropos-documentation but with helm)

I just started using helm-apropos. It's great! Is there a helm equivalent for apropos-documentation or alternatively does helm-apropos have sources already available to narrow over docstrings?
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What does it mean that something is an incompatible package?

I have some issues going on with my emacs and am getting an error where the stacktrace seems to indicate a potential issue with the parinfer package. I run describe-package on it and get parinfer is ...
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Info basics: where is package Info?

I just grabbed csv from elpa (melpa) and, of course, the install buffer had the blurb about csv. I take it that blurb is an Info file somewhere? Or is it just a section of the csv.el comments? In ...
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Emacs can not access its own manual

I just installed Emacs 25.2 on my computer, but I can not access its manual. when I press C-h r this screen opens which lacks any links related to the Emacs manual. Futhermore, the echo area displays ...
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Remapping help-map

I'm trying to remap some keys in help-map, but the following does not work: (define-key help-map [remap describe-mode] #'my-describe-mode) Remapping in the global map does work, however: (global-...
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Follow mode for describe-function/describe-variable

When learning elisp by reading source code (on a large screen) it would be nice to have something like a "follow mode", which automaticaly displays the output of describe-variable or describe-function ...
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Canonical list of minor modes

In describe-mode's definition (in help.el), there's the following piece of code: ;; Older packages do not register in minor-mode-list but only in ;; minor-mode-alist. (dolist (x minor-mode-alist) (...
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Vim help on Emacs using evil-mode?

It would be nice to have the help system present in Vim when using Emacs evil-mode (:help command). I searched online and could not find a way to do this since only the native Emacs C-h help menu is ...
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Flymake colouring?

I've recently updated my Emacs from 26 to 27, and now the Flymake error indicators are very hard to see - they're now in a very pale rose instead of crimson red. How can I change the colour back? I've ...
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How to get help on Doom's own functions

I use describe-function command with SPC h f to get help on emacs functions. But I want to get documentation on Doom's own functions such as map!. describe-function doesn't list this function. How can ...
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Cannot access text properties because of hl-line

I want to change somes faces in my system, but each time I want to access describe-text-properties I get an answer with hl-line, for every text displayed in the buffer. Therefore, I cannot ...
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Configure echo time for input of key-sequence prefix keys

I am writing latex code with AUCTEX. I very often highlight text in bold or italics. For instance, AUCTEX comes with the command C-c C-f C-e, wich can be used to emphasize text in an active marked ...
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Open GNU Scientific Library Documentation within emacs?

How do I open documentation of the GNU Scientific Library within emacs?
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Is there any command like describe-function for defmacro?

I know that I can get the documentation string of a function defined with defun, by using describe-function. Is there any command like describe-function to get the documentations string of a macro ...
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C-h v gives " Symbol’s value as variable is void: default

I'm running 26.1, I don't believe I have anything weird help-related in my .emacs. When I try to get help on a variable, C-h v, it tells me Symbol’s value as variable is void: default. Any hints of ...
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How do I find out what libraries I need to require?

When I write elisp, since I already have a lot of packages required which in turn have required other code, I am able to use a lot of functions without requiring them. When I give the code to someone ...
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In a buffer with widgets how can I find out what function is called on a (link) widget

In a buffer with widgets how can I find out what functions widgets call? Let's say I position the cursor on a widget, I execute M-x widget-browse-at and know now that the widget is of class "link". ...