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About starting and initializing an Emacs session

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Emacs transparent after fresh install

Complete emacs beginner here. Just installed emacs in my Manjaro (awesomewm edition) machine using pacman. The emacs window is almost completely transparent, I can't read anything. If started from a ...
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Cannot figure out why vc-git.elc is always loaded on startup

This is more a curiosity, than a necessity. I'm playing around with startup times, and to have something to compare with, I wanted to see how fast emacs could start up pure. Running emacs -Q, emacs-...
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Emax64 trying to install already installed pdf-tools on every startup

I am using the emax64 build of Emacs for Windows x86-64 systems. However, it tries to install pdf-tools on every startup, even though it is already installed. How to turn this off? -*- mode: ...
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Emacs cannot start from spotlight, “Method 'zsh' is not known”

I just buy a new macbook and I want to move my old working env to it. I used emacs-plus@27.0.91 which was installed by homebrew: d12frosted/emacs-plus/emacs-plus@27: stable 27.0.91, HEAD /usr/local/...
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Start Emacs with gdb with a different main source file

I often run Gdb in a dedicated Emacs session. I have code to run gdb when Emacs start and set up Many-Windows mode. For one particular project, there are many programs, all written in C, that share a ...
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Launch emacs in eww mode, display local .html file at startup

I'm new to Emacs and I'm going about customizing my install on Mac OS Catalina. I have a twist on a common request. I had the idea to customize the emacs startup screen, but I see those options are ...
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Long Emacs start-up time (20~60s) on Windows 10

I have a working setup of emacs on Windows 10 that I like so far. However, I find that emacs start-up takes very long. It can be anywhere from 20s to 60s. I tried installing the benchmark-init package ...
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Can't run emacs from terminal.Cannot open load file: No such file or directory

Emacs 26.1 Linux Mint 19 Open terminal, write emacs, but I get error: Warning: Could not find simple.el or simple.elc. Cannot open load file: No such file or directory
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Does `use-package` reduce startup time? If so, how?

My understanding of Emacs's package management is that Emacs automatically loads all installed packages. use-package itself is a package, which only becomes usable after (package-initialize), at ...
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How to configure emacs to start in the middle of the screen, and not in the top left corner?

Currently have a GUI version of GNU Emacs v.26.3 (on MacOS Catalina, also have a similar version on Ubuntu 16.04), and because I'm just getting started with the editor, I have this question: how do I ...
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Linux command line to launch gnuemacs

I would like to launch Emacs by typing a command line in the terminal in Ubuntu linux. I want Emacs to open file a.txt in one frame and another file b.txt in another frame. I tried the command *emacs ...
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Is there a command for opening emacs in shell mode?

Suppose I want to open emacs with a file and shell mode together. If there were two files I would do emacs file1 file2 and emacs opens them both. Is there a command to do this with emacs file [shell]?
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Emacs startup and the elisp environment

Can anyone tell me what is going on when Emacs starts up? As I understand, Emacs has a "base," a "foundation" of code written in C, but then supposedly a great Lisp "program" takes flight. And from ...
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How to activate diff-mode from command line?

Git's editor config is set to launch emacs in no-window mode and to execute lisp function diff-mode: git config --global core.editor "emacs -nw -f diff-mode" However, when I execute git commit -v to ...
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Emacs-dashboard with spacemacs?

Has anyone tried this? I'd like to customize the "landing screen" I get when I launch spacemacs, and previous posts recommend emacs-dashboard for this. But I can't seem to figure out how to get it to ...
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Preload problem: Emacs as daemon in X

Background: I want to use emacs like tmux which can run as persistent session as well as shorten the time for me to start bringing up emacs when I want to (as inspired by these: Emacs and a Tmux ...
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How can I stop Emacs from grabbing focus at startup?

I typically start GUI Emacs on macOS, https://bitbucket.org/mituharu/emacs-mac/overview, installed via Nix package manager, as part of a larger startup script on the terminal (iterm). While Emacs is ...
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Emacsclient starts but no GUI shown

I'm using Emacs installed from the emacs-plus package from homebrew on Mac OS X 10.14.6. I uninstall/reinstall the package today and suddenly it stops working properly. The version of emacs-plus ...
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Can I open emacs in nw mode with the scratch buffer?

When starting emacs from the shell command line, if you pass the "dot", it opened emacs with a 'dired' of the current directory. But can I do this? emacs '*scratch*' so emacs opens with the focus ...
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Force function evaluation when setting variable value? [duplicate]

I have these functions defined in my early-init.el. I'm trying to change the location of where my backups are saved and keep getting a Wrong type argument stringp (djm/emacs-cache "backups/"). early-...
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use-package can't load package at startup

When I start Emacs I get the error message Error (use-package): Cannot load counsel But when I open init.el in a buffer and run eval-buffer everything works fine. What I'm doing wrong? My Emacs ...
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Multiple initial buffers in different windows

I have Emacs set up to open an initial org mode buffer on startup by (setq initial-buffer-choice "~/Directory/Subdirectory/inital_buffer1.org") Ideally on start up, I would like to open 2 buffers in ...
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Do not open “GNU Emacs” buffer when launching Emacs [duplicate]

"GNU Emacs" buffer is opened automatically when launching Emacs(both terminal and GUI), and I have to kill that buffer everytime. It's boring. How to turn "GNU Emacs" buffer off autimatically when ...
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Emacs slow when launching GUI

I have a weird problem. When I launch emacs GUI by double clicking the icon, or using open -a emacs in the terminal, or calling the application from alfred/spotlight it takes 4-8 seconds to launch. ...
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starting emacs from the commandline and setting line wrap to 60 - howto?

I'm new with Emacs and come from Joe. There I started editing mail from the command line by joe -rmargin 60 because I don't want to generally set the right margin to 60. I can't find a similar ...
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How to launch term at startup in Emacs?

I need to have Emacs open a terminal at start-up automatically (in order to use Fish in the terminal and use Emacs to for example search the Fish output). Normally I do this with 'M-x term'. Is ...
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Launch doom-emacs with options of main and #1

Upon launching doom-emacs, it displays What does the options main and #1 mean? It toggle [2] as default, how could I toggle 1
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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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Kill initial buffers

I want to kill some buffers created by default, such as the GNU Emacs, but putting: (kill-buffer "*GNU Emacs*") On the .emacs doesn't work. I guess this code is called before the initial buffers are ...
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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 ...