Emacs 21.4

Description:  The Texteditor ...
Maintainer:  Manuel Oetiker <moetiker@ee.ethz.ch>
Created:  2005-06-24
Updated:  2006-03-05 (update ess mode to 2.5.12)
Support:  Manuel Oetiker <support@ee.ethz.ch>
Links:  Homepage, Manual, FAQ, AUC TeX documentation, Emacs Java Development Environment, CC-Mode Homepage, VHDL Mode, SEPP Dir, INSTALL
OS:  solaris-2.8 ultrasparc
Categories:  programming, text
Binaries:  emacsemacsclient
More Info
GNU Emacs is a version of Emacs, written by the author of the original (PDP-10) Emacs, Richard Stallman.

The primary documentation of GNU Emacs is in the GNU Emacs Manual, which you can read on line using Info, a subsystem of Emacs. Please look there for complete and up-to-date documentation. This man page is updated only when someone volunteers to do so; the Emacs maintainers' priority goal is to minimize the amount of time this man page takes away from other more useful projects. The user functionality of GNU Emacs encompasses everything other Emacs editors do, and it is easily extensible since its editing commands are written in Lisp.

Emacs has an extensive interactive help facility, but the facility assumes that you know how to manipulate Emacs windows and buffers. CTRL-h (backspace or CTRL-h) enters the Help facility. Help Tutorial (CTRL-h t) requests an interactive tutorial which can teach beginners the fundamentals of Emacs in a few minutes. Help Apropos (CTRL-h a) helps you find a command given its functionality, Help Character (CTRL-h c) describes a given character's effect, and Help Function (CTRL-h f) describes a given Lisp function specified by name.

Emacs's Undo can undo several steps of modification to your buffers, so it is easy to recover from editing mistakes.

GNU Emacs's many special packages handle mail reading (RMail) and sending (Mail), outline editing (Outline), compiling (Compile), running subshells within Emacs windows (Shell), running a Lisp read-eval-print loop (Lisp-Interaction-Mode), and automated psychotherapy (Doctor).

There is an extensive reference manual, but users of other Emacses should have little trouble adapting even without a copy. Users new to Emacs will be able to use basic features fairly rapidly by studying the tutorial and using the self-documentation features.

The following Packages are installed on top of the regular Emacs-21.3 packages:

  • auctex ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/auctex
  • jde http://jdee.sunsite.dk/
  • vhdl-mode http://opensource.ethz.ch/emacs/vhdl-mode.html
  • idl mode from http://strw.leidenuniv.nl/~dominik/Tools/idlwave/
  • matlab ftp://ftp.mathworks.com/pub/contrib/emacs_add_ons/matlab.el
  • ess R mode http://www.analytics.washington.edu/downloads/ess/
  • php mode http://sourceforge.net/projects/php-mode
  • python mode http://sf.net/projects/python-mode
  • Inverse Search with Xdvi(k) http://xdvi.sourceforge.net/xdvi-search.el
Local Customisation

  • a local site-start.el equivalent can be put into /usr/sepp/var/emacs-21.3-to/site-lisp under the name site-start-local.el. Please note, that this will override the standard site-start-local.el.
  • local info files can be put into /usr/sepp/var/emacs-21.3-to/site-info