Aquamacs is an Emacs for Mac OS X that will feel mostly like an Aqua program – while still being a real GNU Emacs with all the ergonomy and extensibility. Aquamacs Emacs Manual August 6, Contents 1 Aquamacs Emacs: a User- friendly E. Tips and Tricks in this Aquamacs Sub-Wiki; Suggestions and ideas Aquamacs comes with a nice manual (easy to access via the Apple Help.

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That means that you can have customized designs for different types of files you’re editing. I couldn’t figure out a way to replace these characters with an interactive command, so I made my personal “cleanup” function replace the characters with true spaces.

The GNU Emacs code-base is patched. A faster way is to use the face-list. Aquamacs spell-checks your documents with the OS X spell-checker, supporting more than a hundred languages and system-wide user dictionaries. You can use info mode to read an info file that isn’t installed in the standard place. Aquamacs remembers where your windows frames are. It looks terrible in a proportional font. TRAMP needs to recognize shell prompts on the remote system, which means I need to set the Emacs variable named shell-prompt-pattern.

Then place the cursor in the Font Family input area and type in Monaco. There is a documented way to make our own theme, but it fails for me – the resulting file which I named “Petes-color-theme” causes errors in Aquamacs. TRAMP uses “ls” when it establishes the connection, and won’t handle colors in the output of ls.

If you change the file and save it, it’ll still look screwy in Terminal. This is where I put stuff that I want in both Aquamacs and in regular emacs on Linux hosts. When I run cisl-irving: Aquamacs can organize the files that you’re editing in tabs.


Like the little window that pops up when you run ediff. To see a list of faces and the way they are currently set, do M-x list-faces-display.

Fonts just work, right from the menu: When you’re messing with keyboards, you sometimes want to see what character Emacs sees when you hit a given key. mznual

To set a color theme a set of colors for the maanual of all the types of text that Emacs displays: Edit the file and change all occurrences of “my-color-theme” to “Petes-color-theme”.

That’s too long, so insert this in your. This happened because you don’t have an external Lisp installed – it tried “lisp” and failed.

Aquamacs: Emacs for Mac OS X

Then save the buffer, and the file will look good in Terminal. A work-around is to modify the config of the smbd server. If you get the weird Microsofty mwnual where every other character in a. On the remote system, I have to disable color highlighting in the “ls” command. Emacs shares the colors of things that are common across programming languages.

See Vagmi’s blog about it. Just write to the mailing list but check the manuals first! I didn’t like html-helper-mode at first, but I’m stuck with it. Other, smaller, packages provide support for a range of programming languages and other formalisms. To set the default font for all buffers, do M-x customize-face and type in default.

I don’t want to do that – I want comments to use the same color in Bash mode as in Perl mode. Save the xquamacs and exit Aquamacs. Aquamacs gives you all the standard Mac shortcuts like Apple-S, Apple-C, Apple-V – everything that you’re used to in addition to the fast, traditional Emacs aqquamacs bindings. Clipboard operations interoperate with other Mac apps. But if I did, you do it by gotting in the mode, aquamaccs Sometimes you’ll want to explicitly change the coding style that Emacs uses when writing a file.


If you get it to work, then you’re ready to aquamasc it to turn it into what I really want. Alternatively, you can also use just the right-hand side Command or Option keys for Meta, or many others.

The Emacs for the Mac

If Aquamacs starts and goes “beep”, and won’t open windows, and when you click on its icon it goes “beep” and does nothing, it’s because you have a junk frame-positions file.

Emacs remembers this, and then converts the contents to a canonical coding system used by Emacs, so the buffer looks good to you. This section describes setting the colors of the foreground. Since html-helper-mode doesn’t indent well, you can call an external “tidy” program to indent the buffer.

I tried auto-fit-frame but I discovered that I don’t really want it when I use tabs. Suppose you have a file named emacs-lisp-intro.

To set the background color, see below in the “Background colors” section.

Then use “aquamacs” to start it. The lock files will remain after an editing session. If you select ‘? When you use “Save As” in Apple Mail. You can individually set each mode’s font, but there are some you can’t set. This preserves screen space but allows you to keep track of all those open files easily.

You can define fonts and colors as defaults for a given editing mode.

When you try to open a remote file with C-x C-f, the “ido” package will get in the way, so aqiamacs another C-f to make it drop back to a normal find-file.