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Re: How to get rid of *GNU Emacs* buffer on start-up?


From: Chetan
Subject: Re: How to get rid of *GNU Emacs* buffer on start-up?
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 18:12:37 -0700
User-agent: Emacs Gnus

Xah Lee <address@hidden> writes:

> On Sep 19, 9:13 am, Nikolaj Schumacher <address@hidden> wrote:
>
>> We just call them (scratch) buffers.  They provide all the
>> same featuresXah's"untitled files" do.  Really, the only differences are
>> nomenclature, the way of creating them and the fact that one exists by
>> default.
>
> That's not the only differences. I have given detail on other
> differences.
>
> Quote from my article:
> http://xahlee.org/emacs/modernization_scratch_buffer.html
>
> «
> • There is no easy, intuitive way to create multiple scratch buffers.
> (it is done by using the switch-to-buffer command (C-x b) and give
> name that is not one of existing buffers.)
>
> • Emacs does not provide a user level function to create a new buffer.
> It has menu “File‣Open file...” (a wrapper to the find-file command),
> which immediately prompt user for a full file path. This is annoying.
> Modern apps's New File command actually just create a new untitled
> file without prompting, and only when user save it it prompt a file
> name. If user closes it, it prompts for saving.
> »
>
> and quote from my post here:
>
> I don't agree that emacs does provide a user-level function for
> creating a new buffer. The 2 practical methods to create a new buffer,
> by find-file or switch-to-buffer, are both not designed to create a
> new buffer for temp use, and each has serious problems in my opinion.
>
> • There is no easy, intuitive way to create multiple scratch buffers.
> (it is done by using the switch-to-buffer command (C-x b) and give
> name that is not one of existing buffers.)
>
> • Emacs does not provide a user level function to create a new
> buffer.  It has “Open file...” (a wrapper to the find-file command),
> which immediately prompt user for a full file path. This is annoying.
> Modern apps's New File command actually just create a new untitled
> file without prompting, and only when user save it it prompt a file
> name.  If user closes it, it prompts for saving.
>
> In summary: the problem with find-file is that it promps user to enter
> a file name upfront. The problem with switch-to-buffer is that it
> doesn't promp to save when user closes it. In both, the functions are
> simply not designed for creating a new temp buffer.
>
>   Xah
>http://xahlee.org/
>
>
I haven't followed this closely, but this seems to be back where this
started, although I am not sure if the original issue of "*Gnum Emacs*"
buffer got resolved. Actually, I didn't realize it existed until I ran
with -q. Presumably all this is meant for a newbie, so is it expected to
be bundled with CUA mode and enabled by default for a newbie?

Chetan


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