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How can I debug random Emacs server crashes?

I generally have a long-running instance of emacs --daemon, which I connect to with various emacsclients. Recently I have started experiencing random crashes. I say "random" because I haven't been ...
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Number of Emacs users in the world?

I saw someone on Twitter posing the question: It struck me as a very interesting question and got me thinking about how large the community actually is! I came up with two data points: Based on the ...
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How do I set up font fallback in a robust way?

TL;DR: What's a simple way to reliably say: use Consolas as the default font, FreeMono for the characters unsupported by Consolas, and Symbola for characters unsupported by both? Since my main ...
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Resolving duplicate ID's in org-mode

For a variety of reasons it's possible to end up with duplicate heading Id's (manually-set ID conflicts, copy pasta, duplicate files, etc.). When refiling you may get a message WARNING: 17 duplicate ...
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Is there a plugin that does color HTML matching tags like rainbow delimiters?

I would like some plugin which colors html tags with a corresponding color based on which tag they match. For example <div> <p></p></div> <div> and </div> would ...
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Saving Calc trail for later use

Is there a possibility to save the Emacs Calculator Trail (as a file) and to restore it later? If not, should it be feature? For example, when I have an incomplete calculation but have to shutdown ...
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How to get automatic backlinks when linking files in in org-mode?

Is it possible to automatically create backlinks to org-mode links? When a link to file B is added to file A, then also a link to file A is added to file B (i.e. the links are symmetrical - going both ...
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Highlighting upcoming dates in org mode agenda

I have entries in my org file similar to: * Birthdays :PROPERTIES: :CATEGORY: birthday :END: %%(org-anniversary 1981 1 2) Harry (%d) What I would like is for these to appear in the agenda (say) 2 ...
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including archives in org-mode clock-table

I clock my time in org-mode. Because projects in my line of work can last for several years, I'd like clock reports that extend over a long period of time. The problem is that it's annoying to keep ...
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Inline SVG's in org-mode?

I can see many image formats in orgmode, but not SVG. I get the error Invalid image type 'svg' when I run org-display-inline-images. It should be possible given this question exists: https://www....
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How can I force display-buffer to use one specific frame?

My daily workflow uses multiple frames, and I have a frame that I want to dedicate to ERC buffers. I've used set-frame-parameter to give the frame the name *ERC*. I want display-buffer to always ...
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Significance arithmetic in calc

I would like to perform significance arithmetic in calc-mode. For example, I want 5000 to have one significant figure, and 5.0e3 to have two significant figures. Calculations should preserve ...
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Coding System utf-8 on Mac - Which one and why as default?

I want to change my default encoding system from non defined to UTF-8 (I think that would be useful). Now I have seen many different UTF-8 coding systems: mule-utf-8 mule-utf-8-dos mule-utf-8-...
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Edebug orgmode source code blocks with input variables

What is the standard method to debug emacs-lisp orgmode source code blocks with input variables as header arguments? I found the hacky solution to insert the following snipped in front of a source ...
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How to immediately resize the minibuffer window?

Suppose that I have this function, that inserts some stuff into the minibuffer: (defun foobar () (interactive) (minibuffer-with-setup-hook (lambda () (let ((resize-mini-windows t)) ...
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Create a “rabbit hole” task stack that can be pushed/popped?

I frequently fall into a sort of working anti-pattern involving “rabbit holes.”¹ Here’s the form it takes (with a concrete e.g. in parentheses): Start working on something (the “real task”) ...
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Read and edit Thunderbird's maildir with GNUS

As forums tell it should be possible to use GNUS for reading maildir created by Thunderbird. I did not find, however, any working implementations posted. And in my own experiments I could not make ...
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org-mode captions not supported for EXAMPLE blocks?

Please consider the following, self-contained .org file MVE, which I hope is self-explanatory: #+OPTIONS: toc:nil Figure [[captions-work-for-src-blocks]] shows that captions are correctly exported ...
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How would one configure emacs to interpret holding the space bar plus a rapid CPU temperature rise as holding down the Control key?

I'm surprised this question hasn't been asked here already. Is such configuration possible in emacs?
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Cycle through multiple cursors to enter different text at each point?

When multiple cursors has marked multiple points in a buffer you can use C-v (mc/cycle-forward) to cycle through and look through all cursors while typing for all cursors. I'm wondering how to enter ...
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Use helm-company as default for company autocompletion?

I want helm-company as the default selection method for company. Helm-company is meant to be invoked manually after company completion started. But I would really like to invoke helm automatically on ...
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error in process filter: could not create connection to marmalade-repo.org:433

When I run package-install in windows with Emacs 24.5.1 (i686-pc-mingw32) of 2015-04-11 on LEG570 I got error error in process filter: could not create connection to marmalade-repo.org:433 According ...
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Custom indentation for specific lines?

I currently try to figure out, how I can handle some lines specifically without messing up the indentation of the rest of the buffer. Consider the following function MyFunc as an example: void MyFunc(...
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Issue with nnmaildir in gnus

I've been trying to get nnmaildir to work along with mbsync (which syncs IMAP and Maildir mailboxes) and I just cannot get it to work with gnus. With the following select method: (nnmaildir "calgary"...
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How to improve emacs font rendering

On the left: emacs in console mode. On the right: emacs with GUI. Running 24.5.1 on Arch linux. Both my console and emacs have the font set to Inconsolata 12. What can I do to make the emacs with GUI ...
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How do I parse a simple grammar and obtain a syntax tree in Emacs lisp?

How can I construct a parse tree from a string and a simple grammar? Semantic seems very tricky, and SMIE does not seem to produce a parse tree. Here's an example, assuming a language that looks like ...
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Make browse-url follow URLs with line breaks?

How can I make browse-url follow URLs with line breaks? Example from RFC 1738: Yes, Jim, I found it under <URL:ftp://info.cern.ch/pub/www/doc; type=d> but you can probably pick it up from <...
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Is it possible to have word-wrap as standard but truncate some lines in a buffer at the same time?

I'm working with large LaTeX tables in AucTEX and it would be helpful to display them in truncated lines, like here: The red marks are the "&" characters which separate the columns of the table. ...
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How to expand external files inline on orgmode?

I know I can use something like #+INCLUDE: "./filepath" but this has effect only when I export the file. I can also use link like [[./filepath]] but I have to type C-c C-o to go to the content. How ...
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Org mode quote block indentation (highlighting)

Can indentation of the Org mode quote block be configured? I would like to highlight quote blocks with indented margins, both left and right if possible: The example above demonstrates org-quote ...
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Increment days / months / dates, etc. within buffer

In a text document, while editing, I often need to increment/ decrement calendar data. So, Friday will need to become Monday, December will need to become March, etc. Or 28 Apr after adding 5 will ...
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What was syntax-begin-function obsoleted in favour of?

Since Emacs 25.1, syntax-begin-function is obsolete: syntax-begin-function is a variable defined in ‘syntax.el’. Its value is nil This variable is obsolete since 25.1. This variable may be risky ...
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How to get Emacs to use the Mac system-level spell correction capabilities?

Mac OSX has autocorrect for spelling that: Doesn't require pressing any buttons to make a retroactive change. Doesn't require manually inputting these corrections/abbrevs. I want to get this same ...
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org-mode ODT export template

I would like to export org file to ODT. Is there any nice ready to use ODT template that can be used for exported documents? Default template is not good looking. I had the same problem with html ...
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Symbol menu in auctex math mode

in AucTex math mode several symbold are already defined. Fom latex.el: (defconst LaTeX-math-default '((?a "alpha" "Greek Lowercase" 945) ;; #X03B1 (?b "beta" "Greek Lowercase" 946) ;; #X03B2 (?g "...
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Ediff location pane

Is there a way to create something similar to the location pane from win merge in ediff? Not having this is about the only reason I use win merged instead of ediff.
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How to get org-mode fully support Arabic language for export?

My intention is to write Arabic document using org-mode. Please consider the following MWE, given that my configuration in init.el has below code to enable writing of Arabic script from right to left (...
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How to indicate the currently clocked-in task?

I'm using org-mode's clocking functions to track the hours I spend on projects. Since my main org file is rather large and I scroll through it a lot, it would be great to have a visual cue of the task ...
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Syntax highlighting fails on clone-indirect-buffer-other-window

I normally use indirect buffers while I edit python code in python-mode, I create them by running clone-indirect-buffer-other-window. While the syntax highlighting of the main buffer looks just fine, ...
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Is it possible to preview TeX formulas automatically on auctex-mode?

In auctex mode, whenever I write a new formula I have to type C-c C-p C-p to render it as an inline image. I'm wondering if it's possible to automatically render the formula or equations as I write ...
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How to better align tags in Org Mode using variable-width font

I prefer using variable-width fonts in Emacs whenever I can. That said, Org Mode tags are horribly aligned when headings use variable-width fonts, even if the tags themselves use fixed-width fonts. Is ...
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Evaluate some arguments to macro immediately

I am trying to call a macro (defined somewhere else; I can't change it), but I want to evaluate some of the arguments before the macro is expanded. Is this possible? For example: (defmacro foo (&...
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Clone a buffer to see the same contents in an other mode

Suppose I'm working on a file in org-mode or enriched-mode or html-mode ..., and I wanted to see the same contents in an other window with an other mode, say text-mode, how to do that? I tried to ...
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Prefer matches that have multiple hits?

It seems that helm prefers shorter paths when ordering the current set of matches. Is there a way to keep this general behavior but also take the number of matches into account? In the screenshot I ...
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How to syntax highlight Python f-strings so {…} uses regular code colors?

Python 3.6 supports F strings, eg: So: print(f'Test {} me!'.format(2 + 2)) Can be written as: print(f'Test {2 + 2} me!') Which print's Test 4 me, Is there a way to adjust emacs syntax ...
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How to group digits in minibuffer when sending input to calc?

Is it possible to send something like 200*100,000 as an input to calc? Documentation says Long numbers can be hard to read if they have too many digits. Press d g (calc-group-digits) to enable ...
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How do i run zone (zone-when-idle) for all windows?

Zone Mode is awesome But when I run it using M-x zone, or by setting zone-when-idle variable it starts animating only one(selected) window. Is there any way to run it for all windows?
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Saving a .tar.gpg file

Saving a .tar file in Emacs works as expected. Saving a .gpg file also works as expected. However, when I save a .tar.gpg file, instead of saving an encrypted form of the actual tar file, it instead ...
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How to build Emacs without byte-compiling Lisp files

Q:  Is there an option to build Emacs without byte-compiling the Lisp files? BACKGROUND:  The length of time needed to build Emacs makes debugging / developing an extremely slow process. For example,...
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ivy preview buffer without buffer creation

When searching in a project using a counsel-ag, I want to implement a preview, similar to the counsel-grep. Now I use copy-paste from counsel-ag with :update-fn (lambda () (counsel-grep-...

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