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Re: GNU Emacs on GNU/Debian
Re: GNU Emacs on GNU/Debian
02 Jul 2003 19:37:15 +1000
Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3
>>>>> "Andrei" == Andrei Maxim <address@hidden> writes:
Andrei> Hi group, For starters, I'm quite a newcomer when it comes to
Andrei> Linux and I'm still in the process of learning the basics and
Andrei> the tricks of my Debian Woody system.
Andrei> One of my biggest problems (besides finding a nice display
Andrei> manager and a good file manager besides Nautilus) is
Andrei> Emacs. While experimenting with Red Hat 6.x and 7.x and
Andrei> Mandrake 8.x and even Slackware, I got used to punching
Andrei> `emacs' and editing files. I even have a Reference Card
Andrei> printed and glued next to my personal computer. Bottom line
Andrei> is that I like Emacs a lot.
Andrei> Right now I am trying Debian and, even if it was a bit scary
Andrei> at the begining, it worked out fine, except those little yet
Andrei> nasty problems.
Andrei> What's wrong with Emacs, you say? Well, I use a 800x600 video
Andrei> mode and the default Emacs is huge! The fonts are too big and
Andrei> I have to scroll around to be able to write a whole line!
Andrei> I've tried using the `-nw' switch to run it in a terminal
Andrei> window, but my greatest surprize was that the Alt (Meta) key
Andrei> was gone. If I pressed Alt-x I got an extra x in the
Andrei> buffer. In X, when I press Alt-`key' all I get is an annoying
Andrei> I really liked the `standard' Emacs and I am wondering if
Andrei> there is a way to make mine look like it.
1. You can change the font size and initial frame (window) size in a
number of ways under X. I'm running Debian's unstable rlease at
home and testing release at work and have found them great. Here is
what I've dont to setup things they way I like them (and help
collegues who have converted from windows at work).
1. you can set font, colours and numerous other settings in your
~/.Xresources file. Here is some examples
Emacs.font: -*-neep alt-medium-r-*-*-*-240-*-*-*-*-*-*
2. You can set font sizes, colours etc with customize e.g. M-x
3. You can set frame parameters by setting default-frame-alist and
initial-frame-alist. Do a C-h v default-frame-alist to get some
documentation on this variable.
4. The alt/meta problem is documented in the emacs PROBLEMS file (C-h
P). I bet your using Debian Woddy. This behavior was fixed in later
versions. There are a number of ways of fixing this, including
using an ~/.Xmodmap file etc.
Hope this helps
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