Category Archives: Emacs Reboot

Undoing and redoing changes to Emacs window layouts (Emacs Reboot #17)

It’s frustrating when you have your buffers laid out just so, and then some command messes them up. In this episode I enable winner-mode, which keeps a ring buffer of window configurations so you can undo and redo changes to … Continue reading

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Emacs Reboot #16: Windmove

Emacs makes it very easy to split your workspace into panes of arbitrary size and shape. But out of the box it doesn’t make navigating the panes with only the keyboard very convenient. In this quick screencast I enable “windmove”, … Continue reading

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Running Emacs as a Server (Emacs Reboot #15)

Unlike more lightweight editors, it doesn’t really make sense to run a new instance of Emacs whenever editing a file. Emacs is at its best when managing many buffers, frames, and windows from a single master process. That way you … Continue reading

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RVM.el and Inf-Ruby (Emacs Reboot #14)

With my Emacs config files better organized, it’s time now to turn my attention to improving my experience editing Ruby files. First of all, I want to be able to quickly and easily drop into an IRB session from the … Continue reading

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Breaking up init.el (Emacs Reboot #13)

My brand-new init.el has been steadily growing. Before I go any further, it’s time to break it up into manageable pieces. I add some code to init.el which will load all elisp files in ~/.emacs24.d/init.d: (if (file-exists-p abg-init-dir) (dolist (file … Continue reading

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Required Packages (Emacs Reboot #12)

I’m keeping this configuration synchronized between two machines. For most changes simply pushing the change to my Emacs Reboot GitHub repo and pulling it on the other machine is all I need. But when the customizations depend on a certain … Continue reading

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Emacs Reboot #11: Line Numbers

Out of the box, Emacs shows me the current line number in the modeline, not the column number. And it doesn’t show any line numbers down the side of the page. Today I’m going to change that. First of all, … Continue reading

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Emacs Reboot #10: Lorem Ipsum

Somtimes I just need some filler text. And it’s silly typing it out myself when I’m using a thermonuclear text editor. Via EmacsWiki, I discover lorem-ipsum.el. I toss it into my elisp folder and set up some autoloads so that … Continue reading

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Emacs Reboot #9: Blogging

I really like all the features that WordPress gives me. But I hate writing blog posts inside of WordPress. I want to do all my writing inside Emacs! Ideally, I’d be able to write my posts in Org-Mode, and publish … Continue reading

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Emacs Reboot #7: Ido

In which I enable ido-mode for fast buffer and file switching.

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