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

From: Lennart Borgman (gmail)
Subject: Re: [h-e-w] Want a hybrid of traditional Emacs and EmacsW32
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 21:14:31 +0100
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On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 7:32 AM, Mark Ludwig <address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:

    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.

EmacsW32+Emacs is a distrio built to make it easy to install and use Emacs. There is absolutely no problem using the original Emacs key bindings with that package. From the menus select

     Customize EmacsW32

With one click you switch it from original Emacs key bindings to those are supposed to be more easy for people used to modern GUI applications.

And you do not have to fiddle with the registry to get Emacs client working. Basic Emacs should work just out of the box after installing EmacsW32+Emacs. (It comes with grep, find etc too, things you probably will need after a while with Emacs.)

Actually there is one little thing to do after installation: Move the file name e.cmd to somewhere in your path if you want to make it easy to use Emacs/Emacs client from the command line.

    (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

    "I didn't care where Hemingway drank
     or Alice B. Toklas had her moustache trimmed."
     -- David Sedaris, touring Paris

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