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### Emacs dot files & packages List for user switching from sublime and not founding a starter kit tailored for them [closed]

I'm trying to be able to answer to "sublime users" using a curated list of package, if not a working emacs config (like prelude or starter-kit does), but couldn't find any list or dotfiles for that on ...
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### Moving the mode line and minibuffer to the top

Is there any way I can move the mode line and the minibuffer from the bottom to the top of the screen? The minibuffer is covered by the previous question How to display the content of minibuffer in ...
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### How to prevent Emacs from opening error buffer

I got someone ask this question: How can I prevent errors that should really just be a bell or flashing screen not open a window with an error?
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### Do I evaluate “(require 'eclimd)” successfully?

In a buffer in fundamental mode, I type Ctrl-x Ctrl-e at the end of the line (require 'eclimd) the minibuffer at the bottom says eclimd. Does it mean I run the command successfully? If yes, why ...
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### What is catdvi used for in AucTeX?

In Ubuntu, AucTeX has an addon called catdvi. What is its use by AucTeX? Some other questions I have include: How can I invoke catdvi in my gnome-terminal? C-c C-c will invoke a GUI viewer. For TeX-...
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### how often is the official Emacs manual updated?

Q: How often/quickly is the official Emacs manual updated? The release announcement of Emacs 24.4 has a blurb at the bottom stating that the FSF's official Emacs manual has been updated to correspond ...
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### How to get org-agenda to prefer split-window-right

After upgrading to Emacs 24.4.1, when I call org-agenda with no splits it will show on the bottom half of the frame. Previously, it would show on the right half. How do I configure this behaviour?
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### how to reveal function names that are bound to mouse buttons (eg <down-mouse-1>)?

Emacs buttonizes specific expression in the buffers. For example, email ids, urls attachments in gnus buffer, and [back], [forward] in help buffers and so on. When we click on those with mouse, they ...
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### how to switch to a new buffer with ido without needing to confirm?

Q: how do I switch to a new buffer with ido without needing to confirm? I open up a lot of temporary buffers to do scratchpad work. When ido-switch-buffer can't find a match for the buffer name I'm ...
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### Persistent environment for M-x compile

When I run M-x compile it spawns a new subshell to execute my compile command. As soon as the compile command returns, the shell process is killed. I can see why this would be desirable in most cases, ...
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### Using virtualenvwrapper in Eshell

I noticed that I can't use virtualenvwrapper commands (like workon) in an eshell but they do work within a shell environment. Is there a virtualenvwrapper-like mode for Emacs?
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### Org Mode: org-lookup-* functions missing

The functions org-lookup-first, org-lookup-last, and org-lookup-all do not seem to be available to me. These functions are documented at the following link: Lookup Functions. I can't look them up in ...
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### Org Mode: Using table formula outside of a table?

I'm wondering whether it's possible to display the result of calculations performed on table data, outside of a table. For example, suppose I have a table of with a list of names. Is it possible to ...
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### Dropdown Menus fail on mouse click with 'Wrong type argument'

Emacs 24.4 installed on OS X via homebrew: brew install --with-gnutls --cocoa Dropdown menus work fine with <F10>: But fail when clicked on with the mouse: I have recompiled as many files as ...
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### How to choose between nil and 0, or t and 1 when setting variables or enabling modes

I understand that nil, 0 and/or -1 are used for disabling some features and t, 1 and/or +1 are used for enabling some features. When assigning variables or enabling/disabling minor modes, which ...
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### Fastest way to move code block to specific line

Say you have code on lines 4, 5, 6. Then you want to move this block of code to starting point line 9 while also deleting lines 4, 5, 6. What's the fastest way, i.e. least amount of key strokes, to ...
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### Elfeed: mark all messages as read

Is it possible to mark all unread messages as read with a single key? r marks only the selected message as read.
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### Behavior of '-e' option during emacs invocation

There command-line option -e behaves similar to the --eval option, but yet it is not the same. For example, of these two invocations, only the first one works: emacs --eval '(global-linum-mode)' ...
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### Swap columns in a mediawiki table

I have a mediawiki table with three columns and some rows, eg.: {| class="sortable" ! Column header (one) !! Middle column !! Last column |- | value 1 || loong value ... and some more || another ...
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### How can I know which built-in emacs package needs to be 'require'd?

I was reading through the Changelog for emacs 24.4 (C-hn) and was trying to see what the File Notification feature is. I tried doing C-hv of a related variable auto-revert-use-notify but nothing ...
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### How can I have Org use sidewaysfigure in LaTeX export?

I am writing an Org document with some large figures (images) which I would like to place on a separate page in landscape orientation when exporting to LaTeX. In LaTeX I can achieve what I want by ...
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### In table-mode, how do I change the face used for cells?

If I make a table (with M-x table-insert), the background color is a dark blue, and the text color is a light grey. I'd like to make the face different, but I'm not sure what face I need to change. ...
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### How do I configure moving by and deleting words in ansi-term?

In ansi-term's "char run" mode, I can use C-<left> and C-<right> to move around in steps of one word, but as soon as I start typing again, the point moves back to where it was. They work ...
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### What is the difference between setq-mode-local and setq-local

I don't understand how setq-mode-local works (mode-local is a package from cedet). The macro's documentation says: setq-mode-local is a Lisp macro in mode-local.el'. (setq-mode-local MODE &...
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### flycheck/bash - i'd like to declare that the next line was intentional

When using the shellcheck checker, Flycheck will warn me that the "\$@" in the following will be expanded on the client rather than the ssh server. Which is a helpful warning, but yeah I know and I'm ...
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### query-replace in keyboard macro

Let me define a keyboard-macro: I enter C-x (, then go to beginning with M-<, then type M-% to query-replace some occurrences of foo by bar. Out of 3 occurrences found, I replace only the last 2, ...
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### Re-open *scratch* buffer

If I accidentally closed the scratch buffer in Emacs, how do I create a new scratch buffer?
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### Info: Display the current node name in the buffer-list or uniquify *info* buffers

Is there a way to get info to display the current node in any of buffer-list/ibuffer/helm-buffers, especially when there are multiple info buffers ? Ideally uniquify should be sufficient to ...
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### How can I set face for echo-area message

When I print messages using (message (propertize "text" 'face 'some-face)) properties get printed as text: #("text" 0 4 (face some-face)) How can I have faces displayed properly?
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### How do I get my initial frame to be the desired size?

I have the following in my .emacs file: (when window-system (set-frame-position (selected-frame) 0 0) (set-frame-size (selected-frame) 91 63)) The value of 63 is supposed to make my initial ...
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### How do I set gnutls-verify-error` to not check if certain hostname matches the certificate?

I have the host chat.deshackra.com pointing to tigase.im (with a CNAME entry), and I want to use the starttls connection type for my jabber.el account, however the connection fails: gnutls.c: [1] ...
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### Equivalent to --no-wait for emacs

The emacsclient program allows a flag --no-wait (abbreviated as -n) which will cause the emacs server to visit the specified file, and return immediately. emacsclient -n ~/.bashrc If I provide an ...
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### How to run multiple versions of emacs for package development?

Is there a set of tools to enable testing a package on multiple Emacs versions. For example 24.4 is almost released. Can I install it and still safely test my package in 24.1? How would I deal with a ...
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### Show siblings of visible headers after hide-other

I'm using Outline mode (usually the minor mode, but it shouldn't matter) or Org mode. I have a file that looks like this: -*-outline-*- * Chapter 1 ** Section 1.1 *** Subsection 1.1.1 foo *** ...
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### Alternative Org Mode Implementations [closed]

Has the org-mode text syntax been adopted anywhere besides emacs? The only place I can think of is that Github allows you to write readmes in org mode and can display it like it can markdown. Are ...
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### Sleep in an kbd macro

I was completing the python koans in emacs, and I was using a kdb macro to test my changes in a shell buffer and jump back into the python code. I wanted to take the line number of the next error from ...
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### How can I convert hexidecimal values to base 10 in hexl-mode?

A nice feature of viewing binary files with hexl-mode is it displays the equivalent ASCII values to the right of your hexidecimal lines. Is there a way to make hexl-mode treat hex values as floats, ...
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### Are there Emacs tools for the visually-impaired?

I have a client, a Ph.D. candidate in Computational Chemistry, that is visually impaired. He's pretty self sufficient and he's had some success learning the content by directly reading source, when ...
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### Command to automatically define a resource variable in an Android project

When coding Android projects, resource variables are somewhat cumbersome to define, as they involve visiting a file far away in the directory structure and writing xml(!). Say I want to define a ...
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### backword-sentence and forward-sentence are moving over paragraphs

I use markdown-mode to edit markdown, but it's missing one very useful feature. Whenever I press M-a (backward-sentence) or M-e (forward-sentence) it takes me to the start or end of the paragraph, ...
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### How do I ediff a buffer against a revision?

I want to run ediff to compare my current version of a file (in git) with a version of the file on a different branch. I run M-x ediff-revision from within an open buffer for the file in question. I ...
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### Hook that indicates when the cursor has been moved by scrolling

Inspired by this question: Let Emacs move the cursor off-screen, I am considering writing a minor mode that will keep the cursor in a fixed position that is not affected by scrolling operations. I ...
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### Emacs flickers when I run certain commands (gif screencast included)

After I did an overhaul of my .emacs file yesterday (adding/removing packages, organizing, etc.), I'm left with an annoying screen flicker. It happens when I move the cursor to the edge of the buffer ...
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### How can I change Org-mode time format for one buffer?

In general all timestamps in Org-mode appears as [YYYY-MM-DD Day]. I have one file (buffer) where I would like the format to be different. Either just [YYYY-MM-DD] or [YYYY-MM]. How do I tell Org-mode ...
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### Applying major-mode font locking to exported org-babel snippets

Currently I have a bunch of code snippets in my Org-based presentation. I'm exporting them with ox-reveal, but the exported code doesn't have any syntax highlighting. Is there any way to: have syntax ...
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### How do I run elisp code on a filtered email in Gnus?

I am downloading mail using fetchmail from a pop account and using gnus to read mails from the maildir. I would like to run elisp code on emails that are matched by fancy split rules, or something ...
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### Highlight abbrev upon expansion

I don't really like the feeling of not being in control when using emacs' abbreviations feature. On the one hand, I don't want to be asked all the time but on the other hand I'd like to know when an ...
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### Prevent org-mode from swallowing file-local variables

It is sometimes convenient to define file local variables with comments such as the following, which must be at the end of a file. # Local Variables: # fill-column: 80 # End: However, in org-mode ...