Xah Emacs Blog Archive 2012-06 to 2012-06

Emacs Defect. file-relative-name fail on some MS Windows Styled Path

See: Emacs Misc Bugs.

Emacs Command to Copy Rectangle to Clipboard

See: Emacs: Edit Column Text, Rectangle Commands.

Electric pair mode, see: Emacs 24.1 New Features (released 2012-06)

Controversy of Common Lisp Package in Emacs Lisp

Discovered a great hand exercise toy. “Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty”. Buy at amazon

Updated: Elisp: Get Command Line Arguments (thanks to Jon Snader)

Emacs 24 Changes: {beginning-of-defun, end-of-defun} in {C, C++} modes. See: Emacs 24.1 New Features (released 2012-06)

Emacs: to Mouse or Not to Mouse?

Bill Meahan, a veteran of emacs users and veteran programer back to 1960s, in a comment said he usually don't mouse in emacs. That is true for me too. Come to think of it, to be honest i do use mouse when i want to adjust the different window or frame sizes (I do this perhaps once a day). I think i also use mouse to scroll sometimes (probably hourly). Another instance where sometimes i use mouse is when browsing info doc for long session.

Emacs culture usually sticks to keyboard only. Though, i remember one time i was surprised reading on gnu.emacs.help where i think a experienced emacs user uses mouse for text selection. I think this might be more common before emacs 23 had move by visual line.

There's not much data about how average emacs users (who may never read emacs online forums) may or may not use mouse. So, i'd like to ask this to you all.

Do you use mouse in emacs? for what operation?

Comment at my blogger http://xahlee.blogspot.com/2012/06/emacs-to-mouse-or-not-to-mouse.html or at g+ or at twitter @ErgoEmacs.

update: moved into a page: Emacs: kill-buffer Induces Buffer Accumulation

Update, new page: Emacs Keys Summary: M-x, C-x, C-c.

Emacs Regex Affair

spent good part of the past 2 days on this.

emacs regex affair
emacs regex affair

Emacs 24 is out. https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-devel/2012-06/msg00164.html

See also: Emacs 24.1 New Features (released 2012-06). I'll add a new item there every few days.

Nice Text Column Commands in cua-mode

See: Emacs: Edit Column Text, Rectangle Commands.

emacs URL decode functions problems. See: Emacs Misc Bugs.

Emacs 24 Package System Problems

major correction. The A- notation in emacs actually refers to the Alt key. See: List of Emacs Default Keybinding

Update: A Text Editor Feature: Extend Selection by Semantic Unit

Recently, installed smex mode. When you call a emacs command, smex lists candidates as you type, similar to {ibuffer, ido} modes.

It's excellent. If you haven't already, install it. Once you install, you need to assign it a shortcut. Example:

(global-set-key (kbd "<apps>") 'smex) ; make the Menu/Apps key do M-x on Windows.
(global-set-key (kbd "<menu>") 'smex) ; make the Menu/Apps key do M-x on Linux.

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