Goals for this Hour

In this hour, you learn how to

  • Launch emacs and insert text

  • Move around in a file

  • Delete characters and words

  • Search and replace in emacs

  • Use the emacs tutorial and help system

  • Work with other files

Remember what I said in the preceding hour, when I introduced the emacs editor: emacs is modeless, so be prepared for an editor that is quite unlike vi. And because it's modeless, there's no insert or command mode. The result is that you have ample opportunity to use the Control key.

Over the years, I have tried to become an emacs enthusiast, once even forcing myself to use it for an entire month. I had crib sheets of commands taped up ...

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