Richard M. Stallman’s GNU
emacs editor, like
vi, is included with Ubuntu and nearly every other Linux distribution. Unlike other UNIX and Linux text editors,
emacs is much more than a simple text editor. It’s an editing environment, and you can use it to compile and build programs and act as an electronic diary, appointment book, and calendar. Use it to compose and send email, read Usenet news, and even play games. The reason for this capability is that
emacs contains a built-in language interpreter that uses the Elisp (
emacs LISP) programming language.
emacs is not installed in Ubuntu by default. To use emacs, the package you need to install is called
emacs. See Chapter 8, “Managing Software.”
You can start an
emacs editing ...