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Questions tagged [start-up]

About starting and initializing an Emacs session

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desktop-save-mode: prevent emacs from showing each buffer on start-up

If you use desktop-save-mode, and have several hundred buffers saved, when you start emacs, emacs cycles through these buffers and shows each of them for a split second. Can this be prevented?
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Installation of Org-ref slows down start-up

I am super new to Emacs. I just followed the installation section of org-ref. I managed to get a simple citation working by adding bibliographystyle:plain to the file. This is one of the solution one ...
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Incremental Search after opening file

Being fairly new to GNU Emacs and intend to use it as a replacement to vi/vim where possible, I came across an obstacle, I seem not be able to overcome. In vim (similar to less) you can provide a ...
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Emacs Mac OSX after upgrade to 26.2 launches only in `-nw` mode

I upgraded to Emacs 26.2 on my Mac OSX Sierra instance via "brew". After the upgrade, the emacs command will not open a new "GUI window", i.e. it runs as if I passed the -nw args or ran it from an ...
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How do I specify a daemon to start with alternate emacs version with emacsclient

I have found this script from here #!/usr/bin/env zsh # Checks if there's a frame open emacsclient -n -e “(if (> (length (frame-list)) 1) ‘t)” 2> /dev/null | grep t &> /dev/null if [ “$?”...
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emacs (v24.3.1): command line '--' before the file name

I have a RHEL 7 box, and I've installed emacs onto it (v24.3.1). This version of Emacs seems to be broken. You used to be able to edit by entering a command like this: emacs -- somefilename.txt and ...
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How input all params from console without interactively?

Here snippet of my elips function: (defun log-report (filePath uniqueText) "Create log4j record report from any log4j (e.g.traceXXX.log) files. Log4j level MUST be in square brackets. e.g.: [DEBUG] ...
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how to show latest xkcd in dashboard on startup?

Dashboard can display images on startup. I was wondering how would I give it latest xkcd comic from xkcd-mode?
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How to prevent Emacs from creating two windows on startup Windows 10?

When I start Emacs not from the command line on Windows 10 it creates two windows, not one. Is there any way to make the blue window go away? I usually needs 4-5 instances of Emacs running so it ...
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Why doesn't set-background-color work in my init file?

I have an init file for Emacs located at /home/username/.emacs.d/init.el and it has the command (set-background-color "honeydew"). However, when I open Emacs the color has obviously not changed from ...
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How to init emacs with an option (such as `--debug-init`)

This might be a very silly question, and that's maybe why there's no answer on the internet. I'm using Windows 10. And I tried to click on properties, and then change the ending of the file's name ...
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How to open multiple files in multiple windows at startup

In earlier versions of emacs one could use emacs -nw file1 file2 file3 and see three files (and no buffer list) at startup. For recent versions this no longer works. Is it possible to add some code to ...
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Weird behavior: GUI won't start, but terminal emacs will

As I said in the title, I'm having a problem with starting Emacs, whenever I try to start it with rofi, nothing happens, and when I try and start with terminal (using emacs), it returns "Args out of ...
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require vs. package-initialize?

Ok, this is a noob question but I've digging into this enough that I think it's reasonable to ask :) My question: In one's .emacs / init.el file, can one use require to load packages that were ...
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Unable to initialize org agenda with log on Emacs startup

I have been able to initialize org agenda on Emacs startup with: (add-hook 'emacs-startup-hook 'org-agenda-list) However, now I want to initialize org agenda directly with log mode, and I haven't ...
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How to diagnose emacs hanging and 100% cpu on startup?

How can I diagnose this issue? I've tried using strace and I see the following that seems to be stuck in a loop: recvfrom(5, "\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0"..., ...
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Extremely slow startup on Windows - How to debug?

I have a serious problem with an extremely slow spacemacs startup (emacs-init-time = ~200s). (The server works, but this is so slow I cannot debug some other problems that I am trying to fix) My ...
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What causes Emacs to maximize on startup?

I have just move to MS Windows 10, and installed emacs. Emacs starts with the frame maximized. I don't want that. I tried the -geometry option. First an initial frame is evident. Then a smaller ...
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Speed up Emacs start-up time

I have seen this thread but my problem is an order of magnitude larger. Also, a newbie, I did not understand much of what was being discussed there. So, this new question. I am running Emacs 25.2.2 ...
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Set startup screen to *About GNU Emacs* page

When I start Emacs, it shows me the GNU Emacs buffer. I want to set it to the page one gets with the C-h C-a command with the nice Emacs logo instead. How can I do this.
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Symbol’s value as variable is void: Info-default-directory-list

I am getting this error when I start my emacs. It happens even if I comment out my init.el but not when I use the --no-init-file option. Any thoughts on how to debug this issue? If this is a an ...
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Where is the file for the Fancy Startup Screen

I'm trying to find where the contents of the *GNU Emacs* buffer, aka fancy startup screen, are located on my hard drive. When I M-x eval-expression buffer-file-name to find the file of the current ...
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How to detect if emacs starts with a file?

I would like to be able to implement the following logic. (if (developer-opened-file-with-emacs) (do nothing, get on with working as fast as possible) (load fancy splash screen that may take ...
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How to replace the default contents of the scratch buffer with the contents of a file (if it exists)?

I would like emacs to check for a ~/emacs.d/scratch.txt and use it's contents instead of the default message when emacs starts. How can this be done?
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Confusing defcustom usage in info.el

I was trying to read the info.el code when I ran across this strange use of defcustom: ;; This is a defcustom largely so that we can get the benefit ;; of custom-initialize-delay. Perhaps it would ...
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Running a single Emacs instance

I'd like to set in my dot-emacs a function to detect if an Emacs instance is already running, possibly exiting Emacs informing user. To do this I should query the OS for running processes. However (...
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How can I improve startup time despite many packages?

TL;DR I have such a huge amount of packages that it's hurting my startup time. If you don't believe that could be the case, read on. My Emacs startup time is quite small. I don't use use-package, I ...
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How to disable lisp-interaction when starting emacs?

When I open Emacs, the *scratch* buffer is in "Lisp Interaction" mode, but I don't want that. How can I make the buffer have a text mode?
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pdf-tools-install takes a long time on startup

I've installed pdf-tools through MELPA, and it works like a charm. Funnily, and as is documented in the readme, the command pdf-tools-install needs to be run each time if you want pdf-tools to be ...
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How to open multiple files without automatically activating the “Buffer List” split?

Running emacs with multiple files automatically opens the "Buffer List" split-window. eg: emacs -Q *.txt Opens a split window, one which contains a list of buffers. How can multiple files be ...
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Keep spacemacs from retrieving package archives at startup

I'm trying to figure out a way to speed up my spacemacs start time. The main offender at the moment is the refreshing of package archives at start. I was hoping that setting dotspacemacs-check-for-...
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Error when initializing Emacs

This is what I get when starting Emacs from terminal with emacs --debug-init. I don't know the reason why emacs suddenly started to not working. Debugger entered--Lisp error: (wrong-type-argument ...
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Debugging emacs 24.5 slow startup (WSL)

I'm running emacs24-nox on Ubuntu trusty on Windows Linux Subsystem, and I'm trying to figure out why the startup time is slow. I've inspected the startup with strace and found two calls to poll that ...
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Was Emacs launched with a filename argument?

Suppose I want Emacs to be configured differently depending on whether or not it was launched with a filename as an argument. Is there a way I can deduce this as part of my init file? One way is to ...
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How do I start emacs with one horizontal split and one vertical split

Every time I start Emacs, I want two windows, side by side, and one terminal/shell window below them both, as shown here. Please help me with the necessary code to my init file.
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Emacs doesn't open a new frame

Emacs does not start in a new frame. If I'm in a terminal running Bash and enter $>emacs the editor is opened inside this terminal, and produces exactly the same behavior as $>emacs -nw. I have ...
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Replace welcome screen (aka “splash” screen) with calendar?

I want to replace the welcome screen with the calendar. I've tried adding (calendar) to my .emacs but it opens calendar in addition to the welcome screen not instead of it. EDIT: I'm trying what is ...
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Set an Elisp var on the command line and read it in the init file

I'm trying to set a variable at load-time: # emacs --eval '(defvar myvar t)' Now, in this session, if I C-h v myvar RET I get a nice t. But if I put (message "MYVAR: %s" myvar) in my init file, I ...
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Is there any downside to setting `gc-cons-threshold` very high and collecting garbage when idle?

I added the following two lines to the top of my init.el: (setq gc-cons-threshold (eval-when-compile (* 1024 1024 1024))) (run-with-idle-timer 2 t (lambda () (garbage-collect))) That means that ...
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Emacs directory is not readable on Ubuntu

When I start Emacs 25 on Ubuntu, I get this message: cannot open load file permission non accordée , mode-util With emacs25 -debug I've got: Warning: Lisp directory '/usr/share/emacs/25.2/lisp': ...
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Is it possible to disable the startup screen only when emacs opens a file?

Whenever I issue $ emacs, I am greeted by the startup screen. I like this. However, when I issue $ emacs foo.txt, emacs opens foo.txt and the startup screen in a split screen. I do not like this. Is ...
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How to improve autoloading of Magit's git-commit-mode and other minor modes

Aim I would like to arrange for Magit's minor mode git-commit-mode to be enabled whenever a relevant Git file (e.g. COMMIT_EDITMSG) is visited, from both within Emacs (e.g. magit-commit) and without (...
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Conditional switch to file on startup

I'm using spacemacs and currently I'm using the following in my user-config to switch to the scratch buffer when emacs starts: (setq inhibit-splash-screen t) (switch-to-buffer "*scratch*") However, ...
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How can the start up log of Spacemac be viewed?

When I start Spacemacs there is a message about some faults on my setup which scroll past quickly before I can view them. Is there some file or some buffer that holds them for review?
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void-variable dired-after-readin-hook in emacs 25

I've get emacs 25 build ppa taken from this ask ubuntu answer and I have this functions and macro: (defun remove-lambda-helper (list matcher) "function that remove lambda from a list if match the ...
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Handle stale desktop lock files after emacs/system crash

If Emacs or the system crashes when desktop-save-mode is active, Emacs leaves a stale desktop lock file. The next time the desktop is loaded (from another Emacs process ID), loading is interrupted ...
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How to re-load a package?

The situation I have is this. First, I run (require 'prolog) ...which loads the system's default version of prolog.el, and makes the variable prolog-mode-version available. It has value "1.22". ...
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Why do symbols become suddenly defined right after startup?

Below is an example of the situation described in the question's title, using the variable prolog-mode-version as test case. If my Emacs init file consists of just the code shown below: (defun show-...
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How to make size of Emacs frame persistent?

When I start Emacs (by clicking on a desktop icon), its frame is too big for the screen, so the mode-line/mini-buffer area is not visible. It's not difficult to resize and reposition the frame, but ...
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Start Emacs, create new file and execute functions

I would like to automate the following when emacs start: open a new buffer launch a foo function (create-name) that writes something on the buffer and copy to clipboard a name YYY for the buffer save ...