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Re: server-start and server-name doesn't seem to work

From: Harry Putnam
Subject: Re: server-start and server-name doesn't seem to work
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 18:47:43 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.110011 (No Gnus v0.11) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>> After M-x server-start
>> If I do M-x set-variable <RET> server-name <RET> foo <RET>
> BTW, even if you use "foo", you'll bump into the limitation that a given
> Emacs instance can only run a single Emacs server at a time.  So you
> need to change server-name *before* calling server-start.

>From what I see... server-name is not available as a variable *until*
you do `server-start'.  At least in a freshly started emacs the cmd
M-x set-variable <RET> server-name <RET> shows `no match'

But becomes available if I do M-x server-start.  (or M-x server-mode).

But no matter how I go at it... it appears not to work if I name the

at least `emacsclient -s name -c' fails.

How do you recommend I acquire a named server from a running emacs?

I mean aside from the shell cmdline.  The manual is pretty clear in
saying it is something I should be able to do:

      You can run multiple Emacs servers on the same machine by giving
   each one a unique "server name", using the variable `server-name'.
   For example, `M-x set-variable <RET> server-name <RET> foo <RET>'
   sets the server name to `foo'.  The `emacsclient' program can
   specify a server by name, using the `-s' option (*note emacsclient

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