Questions tagged [emacs]

emacs is a popular text editor, usually characterized by it's extensibility and often described as "the extensible, customizable, self-documenting, real-time display editor". Now part of the GNU project, it was originally developed by Richard Stallman in the mid 1970s, and development and ongoing extension of it continues to this day.

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How do I install the *latest* version of emacs?

I've downloaded the .tar.xz file from the GNU Emacs page, and extracted it, but now I have a huge directory full of files, and I have no idea what to do with them. The README is unhelpful, too. I am ...
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Emacs installation fails on Ubuntu 20.04

I am trying to simply do: sudo apt install emacs on Ubuntu 20.04. The result is that it appears there is an error installing emacsen-common in emacs-gtk which is ultimately a dependency of all of ...
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How to install emacs 26 instead of latest emacs 28

I've installed emacs28 from snapshot (emacs-snapshot-common) without realizing it's the latest bleeding edge and not the latests stable version. I tries installing 26.3 from Kevin Kelly's repo, as ...
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How can I install emacs 27 in ubuntu LTS (18.04.1)?

Question says it all, emacs 27 doesn't seem to be available through apt-get on my ubuntu version nor PPAs. Does that mean I have to build it from source? Thank you.
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Emacs not displaying properly after Ubuntu update

I just spun up a droplet (DigitalOcean) running Ubuntu 18.04. Emacs works fine. After running apt upgrade, emacs is behaving strangely. My cursor is always off by one line and some elements don't ...
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apt stuck in weird state that “apt --fix-broken install” won't fix

When trying to sudo apt upgrade I get this: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done You might want to run 'apt --fix-broken install' to correct ...
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Using AnyDesk, emacs frames don't resize properly

I have Ubuntu19 at home, U18 at work and can easily connect one to the other using AnyDesk. The only failure so far is that when I resize an emacs (OS) window the emacs buffer doesn't resize. I don'...
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Don't want double emacs in Unity

I just brought up Ubuntu 18.04.4 with default GUI. I'm pretty sure the GUI manager is called Unity. (How do I find out?) First thing I did was install emacs via 'sudo apt install emacs'. Now, when I ...
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`evtest` does not report scancode for TPPS/2 Elan TrackPoint on ThinkPad X1 C6

I am trying to identify scancodes for the three buttons below the space bar (above the trackpad) on my ThinkPad X1C6 using evtest as well as evemu-record. The buttons are working fine but no scancodes ...
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Get Emacs to use system keyboard

I'm using Emacs 26.3 on Ubuntu 18.04. For some reason Emacs has now decided to use a completely different keyboard mapping. The default for the system is English UK, with the pound sign at shift 3 ...
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How to stop emacs resizing its initial frame?

This is an annoying problem I've been having for a couple years. I have ubuntu 16.04 installed on an intel PC, and also 18.04 installed on a Windows box under WSL 1. In both cases I am connecting to ...
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rmail-convert-file-maybe: Invalid mbox file

In Emacs's config I set Rmails as (setq rmail-preserve-inbox t) (setq rmail-movemail-flags '("--tls")) (setq rmail-primary-inbox-list '("imaps://abst.proc.do:password@imap.qq.com:993") ) ;...
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How to cleanly remove unistalled emacs25-common

I have removed an old version of emacs25 using Remove in Installed page of Discover on Kubuntu 18.04. But emacs25-commonit is still detected by Update and I receive notification to update it. Is it ...
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Rebind peek recorder's C-n key not to create new instance

I installed peek screen recorder and employ it to record gif of Emacs operations. In Emacs C-n invoke next-line, it thus create anther new instance of peek window. How could rebind peek's C-n but ...
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Prevent xbindkeys to work in terminal

I try to implement Emacs keybindings in my browser. Currently I have .xbindkeysrc and this chord "if [[ "$(xdotool getwindowfocus getwindowname)" =~ "Chrome" ]]; then xdotool key --window "$(xdotool ...
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What should my Emacs version be on Ubuntu 18.04? [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS. emacs --version returns GNU Emacs 25.2.2 and apt policy emacs returns Installed: 47.0 Candidate: 47.0. Okay what? I thought the latest version of Emacs was 27 something. ...
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Error install emacs-lucid

When I upgraded from 19.04 to 19.10 there was one package that was not able to update that was emacs-lucid. When I try to upgrade it now I get the error: dpkg: warning: old emacs-lucid package pre-...
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How to Find Escape Sequences For Emacs and Elsewhere

For Ubuntu server version 18.04.3 Emacs does not recognize Alt and Shift keys the same way as the GUI. Emacs experts advised how to get the program to recognize those keys using escape sequences ...
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How to install emacs modules when using snap emacs

After upgrading to 19.10, the upgrader removed my emacs dpkg installation (a bit rude but at least I accepted it) and now the terminal recommends installing it from snap. I did, but I can't find how ...
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Broken Emacs26 Installation

So I tried installing Emacs via this PPA. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kelleyk/emacs sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install emacs26 I then get this error. You might want to run 'apt --fix-broken ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 emacsclient -c Desktop Application not working

Dear Ubuntu Community, my goal is it, to use emacsclient (version 24.5.1) as a default editor in Ubuntu 16.04. If I double click on a text file, emacsclient opens new frame quickly. If the the the ...
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How do I install up to date version of emacs

When I install emacs I run the following: $ sudo apt-get emacs-gtk $ emacs --version GNU Emacs 26.1 I would like to use version 26.3 How can I install this?
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emacs org-bullets not supported

I'm using ubuntu 19.04 with KDE5 org-bullets doesn't seem to work for me on both terminal mode as well as GUI mode. I tried it on a windows VM, it works fine there, but not in my linux machine. My ...
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sudo apt purge emacs* removed ubuntu-desktop, shotwell etc

I wanted to do a fresh install of emacs so I tried to uninstall everything related to emacs using: sudo apt purge emacs* Here is the output: $ sudo apt purge emacs* Reading package lists... Done ...
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emacs commands system wide like in mac

I am used to a macOS where I have default basic emacs commands in every text input field. Additionally there exists the option of adding desired emacs commands by adding a keybinding.dict file in ~/...
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Emacs 24.5.1 search and replace

I can find the string I'm looking for by using Ctrl+s, but then I cannot figure out how to replace it at all. Even though there is something in the status bar that kind of seems like it's telling me ...
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How do I remove emacs 25 and keep 26 when apt is in a “--fix-broken” state?

I would like to remove emacs25 entirely from my system and keep emacs26. Unfortunately, I am stuck in a fix-broken state Here is the output... Try to remove emacs25 > $ sudo apt remove ...
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Alt/Meta - w key binding is not working on emacs and gnome terminal

After updating to Ubuntu 18.04 the 'copy' shortcut M-w doesn't work on emacs and terminal. It looks like emacs doesn't even recognise this shortcut because when I try C-h k and then type M-w nothing ...
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Which websites provides the packages that Ubuntu often used?

Currently my Ubuntu server cannot reach external websites. I need provide a list of websites to the IT department that need to be whitelisted so that I can upgrade my Ubuntu packages via apt-get ...
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Change End-Of-Scroll Sound in Ubuntu 18

This is probably trivial to do, but I am wondering how one can change the end-of-scroll sound made by Ubuntu 18. This sound is also heard when I use some unknown key-chords in Emacs. I am not sure ...
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Meta Key not working for emacs in Ubuntu 18.04

For example, When I press L-alt or R-alt with 'V' to move back one screen as per tutorial, it just types 'V'. I have tried super key but its not the meta key either, ctrl is working fine.
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Purging a Package Is About to Purge a Lot of Dependencies

I was experimenting with having two different versions of Emacs (24 and 25) side-by-side on my Ubuntu 16.04 machine. Now I would like to remove Emacs 25 because it errored during the installation (...
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Emacs opened in terminal on an Ubuntu server does not show colors

I am connecting to an Ubuntu server from the terminal via ssh -Y .... When I open Emacs via emacs in a separate window, I see the color theme that I chose in my ~/.emacs setup file (which is why I ...
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Emacs server/emacsclient won't connect

I just installed Ubuntu 18.04 and GNU Emacs 26.1 (build 2, x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.22.30) on my Lenovo W541 laptop. Under this new installation, the emacs server & emacsclient ...
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emacs install fails under 18.10

Installing emacs under 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) fails When I search for libotf, it is there: locate libotf.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libotf.so So why does fixing the install fail? sudo apt ...
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Emacs freezes for a minute

This is a problem that started a few weeks or so ago. Emacs suddenly freezes, while all the other windows (and the mouse) continue to work. After a minute or so, it unfreezes. This happens several ...
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which key is used for meta in Emacs on modern keyboards

I get that some people use their Caps Lock key as Ctrl key but I have a hard time imagining that people use the Alt key left to the Space bar as meta key since it is inconvenient to type in ...
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Fail to invoke emacs from terminal

I installed emacs25.2.2 me@me:~$ /usr/bin/emacs --version GNU Emacs 25.2.2 Copyright (C) 2017 Free Software Foundation, Inc. GNU Emacs comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. You may redistribute copies ...
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How to start emacs as service?

I'm trying to start the emacs daemon as a service but the service stops immediately upon startup. in the Emacs page is this service script for systemd. [Unit] Description=Emacs text editor ...
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User .desktop file duplicates and hijacks system app icon in GNOME dock

I'm trying to set up a custom "Open in Emacs" .desktop file that uses the emacsclient utility to open a new buffer in an existing Emacs instance, if available, or start a new instance otherwise. In ...
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problem with FontSet conversion using xemacs and pstoedit in 18.04 and 16.04

Problems with font conversion ongoing with xemacs, sometimes with evince and after system updates around end of October 2018 in 18.04 and 16.04. xemacs starts with: "Warning Missing charsets in ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 automatically downgrades my emacs 26 compiled from source to the respository version emacs 25

I had a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04.1 and Emacs 26 compiled from source. However I notice somehow the system always installs Emacs 47.0 which is Emacs 25.2.2 from the official Ubuntu repository. ...
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Dell XPS 15 (9570), TB16 dock, and mixed DPI dual monitors

I'm currently running Ubuntu 18.04 on my Dell XPS 15 (9570) with the 4K display. I am trying to use the TB16 dock to connect to an external display at work that is 1920x1080 and I'm facing the ...
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Emacs crashes on pasting the Unicode symbol “⛔”

I find that on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS my emacs 24.5.1 crashes when I copy-and-paste the Unicode symbol "⛔" (no entry) or when I open a file with that character. I have not encountered another Unicode ...
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info emacs missing after upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04

After starting emacs 25 (GUI) and pressing C-h r I get the message "info emacs file missing". The same holds for the elisp manuals which are normally accessible from emacs. What happened and how can I ...
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How to make emacs to start allwais --nw if I launch it from command line?

How to make Emacs to start always --nw if I launch it from command line? I have such export in my .profile: alias emacs='emacs -nw' when I type emacs alone it will launch it in terminal in terminal ...
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emacs 27 systemd service inherit environment variables

On Ubuntu 18.04, running emacs 27, emacs installs a systemd config $ cat ~/.config/systemd/user/default.target.wants/emacs.service [Unit] Description=Emacs text editor Documentation=info:emacs man:...
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emacs25 and emacs26 from a PPA cannot coexist

I have installed emacs25 from this PPA: https://launchpad.net/~kelleyk/+archive/ubuntu/emacs, and it coexisted well with emacs 24 from the repositories (Ubuntu 16.04). Now that emacs26 is available ...
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Emacs launched from favorites doesn't read .bashrc

If I open emacs from the command line, it loads my .bashrc and correctly sets my paths. M-: (getenv "PATH") Returns my actual $PATH variable. If I open emacs from the command line, pin the icon to ...
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Integration of Emacs/LuaLaTeX with Evince/Zathura not working in Ubuntu 18.04. How can I fix it?

After my recent upgrade (per new install) to Ubuntu 18.04, I have started having quite some troubles with my tool chain (Emacs, Lualatex, Evince). I am using forward/backward search to approximate ...

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