sudo apt-get install emacs to download emacs. I expected the command-line emacs to start when I ran
emacs but instead the GUI emacs started.
How can I download the command-line emacs?
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That would be
emacs-nox I believe. This is the meta-package that currently points to
Description: The GNU Emacs editor (without X support)
So, just as before but with that package:
sudo apt-get install emacs-nox
sudo apt-get install emacs24-nox
For cases like this, where you wonder what's in what package, try this :
apt-cache search ^emacs
apt-cache show <whateverpackage>
The command-line emacs is installed along with the GUI.
To run it, use the
-nw option. An explanation from
Tell Emacs not to use its special interface to X. If you use
this switch when invoking Emacs from an xterm(1) window, display
is done in that window.
So run the following command to use emacs from the command-line:
If you don't want to have to type
emacs -nw, you could create an alias.
Put the following line in your
alias emacs="emacs -nw"
You can add this alias in one line by using I/O Redirection::
echo alias emacs=\"emacs -nw\" >> ~/.bashrc
If possible, delete the old version of emacs, then reinstall the version without X. The
* on the end of the command is important and will save you from a world of pain.
apt-get remove emacs* apt-get install emacs-nox
You can also specify the version of emacs without X to install, such as
emacs24.nox rather than installing the alias package.
Sure, you can mess with bash aliasing or pass in
-nw, but when you use sudo, or emacs is summoned by git, you'll see that X window once again.