Emacs: Problems of the Scratch Buffer

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .
emacs *scratch* amounts to a bitch but we cannot ditch the banner of our church

Scratch Buffer Not Useful to Most People

Here are reasons that the scratch buffer is not useful to most people:

Scratch Buffer is Inconvenient

Here are reasons that a alternative to “*scratch*” “buffer” is more useful:

Proposed Fix: Adding a “new-buffer” Command

I propose that emacs should add a command “new-buffer” with menu [File ▸ New]. Once called, it should create a empty buffer titled {untitled, untitled2, untitled3, …}.

Implementation

See code at Emacs: New Empty Buffer.

It is implemented in Emacs: Xah Fly Keys and ErgoEmacs Keybinding.

Discussion

The original thread of this discussion, which turned into a flame feast, is here:

Newsgroups: gnu.emacs.help
From: Xah Lee.
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 13:57:59 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: How to get rid of *GNU Emacs* buffer on start-up?

http://groups.google.com/group/gnu.emacs.help/msg/9b1ce96b9e39e47d

Thanks to Tom Davey for a correction.

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