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Unix in a Nutshell, 4th Edition by Arnold Robbins

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Summary of Commands by Group

Reminder: C- indicates the Control key; M- indicates the Meta key.

File-Handling Commands

Keystrokes

Command name

Description

C-x C-f

find-file

Find file and read it.

C-x C-v

find-alternate-file

Read another file; replace the one read with C-x C-f.

C-x i

insert-file

Insert file at cursor position.

C-x C-s

save-buffer

Save file (may hang terminal; use C-q to restart).

C-x C-w

write-file

Write buffer contents to file.

C-x C-c

save-buffers-kill-emacs

Exit emacs.

C-z

suspend-emacs

Suspend emacs (use exit or fg to restart).

Cursor-Movement Commands

Keystrokes

Command name

Description

C-f

forward-char

Move forward one character (right).

C-b

backward-char

Move backward one character (left).

C-p

previous-line

Move to previous line (up).

C-n

next-line

Move to next line (down).

M-f

forward-word

Move one word forward.

M-b

backward-word

Move one word backward.

C-a

beginning-of-line

Move to beginning of line.

C-e

end-of-line

Move to end of line.

M-a

backward-sentence

Move backward one sentence.

M-e

forward-sentence

Move forward one sentence.

M-{

backward-paragraph

Move backward one paragraph.

M-}

forward-paragraph

Move forward one paragraph.

C-v

scroll-up

Move forward one screen.

M-v

scroll-down

Move backward one screen.

C-x [

backward-page

Move backward one page.

C-x ]

forward-page

Move forward one page.

M->

end-of-buffer

Move to end of file.

M-<

beginning-of-buffer

Move to beginning of ...

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