[Techtalk] a paucity of available note takers

Pat patday at sunbirdsystems.net
Wed Nov 10 08:21:33 UTC 2010

Hello Anne,
I was forced to learn a bit of vim to run the genealogy app, LifeLines. 
Vi/Vim was its default editor.  It is handy to know that one. 

Well, I checked and found that emacs also has vi/vim editor emulation,
so at least you would have immediate control at the keyboard when you
get there.


Also, emacs has one version (same emacs, different setting), for the
xterm or console.
But there are many improvements to the X version of emacs, and even
xemacs which is evermore gui enhanced. 

Escaping from emacs:  C-x C-c
That means control-x, control-c in sequence.

And from editing documents, C-x C-k
which will kill the current doc being edited if it has been saved, else
it asks to save first.

Exit any read-only buffer with just a plain q.

Quit any keyboard command you get stuck in with C-g

Hoping it is fun for you,


On 11/02/10 12:21, Anne Wainwright wrote:
> Hello, pat,
> I have in the past had a few essays into the complexities of emacsen. I
> have never had a long enough free space to get going and then decide
> 'from today only emacs' like I did when learning to type with all
> fingers. I am currently coping with vim & gvim which is a step up from
> gedit I feel (although i do most of my perl scripts in that). When I
> have gotten comfy with that i'll look at emacs, good page you sent.
> Thanks for the tip, i'll make it some day. i have a friend who does his
> email in emacs, but I'd be happy to be able to remember how to get out
> of it!
> currently sorting out dyndns and ddclient, always something to play
> with.
> bestest
> anne
> On Mon, 27 Sep 2010 19:06:36 -0700
> pat <patday at sunbirdsystems.net> wrote:
>>   On 9/19/2010 6:18 AM, Anne Wainwright wrote:
>> Hi Anne,
>> Over the years of linux play, I have finally gravitated to basically
>> one of two editor type programs. I do small quick things to small
>> files, or start a new file using nano.
>> But for comprehensive use, emacs has become my trusted friend in 3
>> different operating systems.  It behaves pretty much the same in any
>> of those systems.
>> emacs is quite huge but can strip it  down as needed.  There are many
>> external libraries to do things, and different modes of text
>> handling, including note taking and outlining.
>> The customizing system is amazing in that there is hardly a thing
>> that can't be modified to suit your need.
>> There is a learning curve, and I am still learning.  For instance, I
>> can set a bookmark with ctl-x r m.  It will take the current
>> directory as default, will title the location as you wish.  Then
>> recall it with ctl-x r b and pick from your list.
>> You can start emacs from the command line with a number of
>> parameters, and you can make them always part of the launch by adding
>> them to ~/.emacs
>> I found this example page that shows just a few things emacs can do:
>> http://xahlee.org/emacs/emacs_fun.html
>> Hope this is helpful, Pat
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