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I am having an issue with GNU Emacs 24.3.1. I usually only use emacs for the purpose of compiling .pdf or LaTeX documents. And I am unable to open the program correctly via terminal use. I initially type something like the following:

emacs foo.tex &

The window will appear but not in the normal buffer. It only appears in the scratch buffer. Contrary to this if I type something like:

sudo emacs foo.tex &

I will get the correct buffer in my window but I get an error message that looks like:

(emacs: 3859): GLib-Warning **: In call to g_spawn_sync(), exit status of child process....

I will attach the full error message if needed. I am wondering if it is possible that I may have incorrectly installed emacs. Any advice would be appreciated if anyone is familiar with this sort of issue. Thank you!

EDIT: The output of:

 type emacs

is as follows:

 emacs is hashed (/usr/bin/emacs)
  • Please add the output of type emacs to your question. – Florian Diesch Feb 15 '15 at 18:06
  • @FlorianDiesch I added it per your request. I hope it helps! – Michael Sleevi Feb 15 '15 at 18:15
  • Looks good. In Emacs what's the value of initial-buffer-choice ? You can get that for example with M-: initial-buffer-choice – Florian Diesch Feb 15 '15 at 18:35
  • @FlorianDiesch initial-buffer-choice in sudo emacs gives a value of 'nil', in emacs scratch it gives 'nil' as well. – Michael Sleevi Feb 15 '15 at 18:43
  • Try to remove all Emacs config files. If that doesn't help I don't have any other idea ... – Florian Diesch Feb 15 '15 at 18:58
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The solution was that I as the user did not have ownership of the

~/emacs.d/

folder, so I type in the following command to solve it:

sudo chown -R user ~/.emacs.d/

However the GLib-Warning with the sudo emacs is a bug in emacs that hasn't been resolved.

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    Further, in future when using emacs with sudo, use -H: sudo -H emacs. This sets $HOME to root's , so that files in your home directory are not affected. – muru Feb 16 '15 at 0:20
  • @muru Thank you for the advice I will keep that in mind! – Michael Sleevi Feb 16 '15 at 1:23

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