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[h-e-w] Want a hybrid of traditional Emacs and EmacsW32

From: Mark Ludwig
Subject: [h-e-w] Want a hybrid of traditional Emacs and EmacsW32
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 06:32:56 -0500
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Lennart, et al.,

I am a professional computer programmer, have been using Emacs for longer than I care to admit, and had Emacs 19 or 20 working well on my previous Windows Laptop (including the "Edit with Emacs" entry on the Windows Explorer shortcut menu via a Registry entry I entered manually) using Emacs client/server technology. That setup worked, so there was a single executing instance of Emacs that got started via "Edit with Emacs" only if necessary.

I can't seem to get Emacs 22 to sit up and perform the same way, and I don't want all the command switching that I seem to be forced into if I take EmacsW32. I just want "Edit with Emacs" and file associations to work again. My Emacs 19/20 environment used gnuserv if I recall correctly (the disk was dying after I got my user data off it).

I can get emacsclient/emacsserver to work for "Edit with Emacs" once Emacs is running, but can't get it to start the first time. How do I do this? Can EmacsW32 be configured to leave the keyboard alone? I know it's confusing -- and even occasionally find myself scrolling forward when I want to paste -- but I use Emacs on UNIX for work, too, so my fingers mostly know the original key bindings.

(The solution to starting Emacs the first time using emacsclient/emacsserver on UNIX leverages the ALTERNATE_EDITOR environmental variable, a concept that does not exist on Windows, as far as I know.)


Mark Ludwig

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