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running emacs in perl script

From: Adam Hardy
Subject: running emacs in perl script
Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2004 13:52:21 +0100
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I've got a perl script which I use for ripping CDs. It gets the CDDB entry off the net, saves the entry in a file and then asks if I want to edit it with this command:

print `emacs \"/tmp/xmcd/$files[2]\"`;

This launches emacs with the file nicely in x-windows. However I often want to run the script on an old box which runs x so slowly I never bother and do everything on the command line.

But on the command line, this command above launches emacs in the background I think. I'm not sure. I never see emacs, the script just sits there with the cursor blinking, hanging below the command line.

If I do 'ps -eaf' I see an emacs process. But I can't get to it.

It makes no difference if I put the '-nw' flags on the emacs command.

Does anybody know what to do?

GNU Emacs 21.3.1 on Linux 2.4.20 Debian

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