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Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition by Robert Love, Stephen Figgins, Ellen Siever, Arnold Robbins

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Chapter 8. The Emacs Editor

The Emacs editor is found on many Unix systems, including Linux, because it is a popular alternative to vi. Many versions are available, but this book documents the most popular one, GNU Emacs (version 22.3), which is available from the Free Software Foundation (http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs).

Emacs is much more than “just an editor” — in fact, it provides a fully integrated user environment. From within Emacs, you can issue individual shell commands or open a window where you can work in the shell, read and send mail, read news, access the Internet, write and test programs, and maintain a calendar. To fully describe Emacs would require more space than we have available. In this chapter, therefore, we focus on the editing capabilities of Emacs.

This chapter presents the following topics:

  • Conceptual overview

  • Command-line syntax

  • Summary of emacs commands by group

  • Summary of emacs commands by key

  • Summary of emacs commands by name

For more information about Emacs, see Learning GNU Emacs, by Debra Cameron et al. (O’Reilly).

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