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[RFC] Option to kill `emacs --daemon' when closing the last client frame

From: Jim Porter
Subject: [RFC] Option to kill `emacs --daemon' when closing the last client frame
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 21:20:35 -0700

I've been experimenting with using `emacs --daemon' and found one part of it to be somewhat surprising. If I set `ALTERNATE_EDITOR' to the empty string and run emacsclient, it runs `emacs --daemon' and connects to it; so far so good. But when I close the Emacs client, the Emacs daemon sticks around; I'd prefer the daemon to stop as well.

This would allow for a behavior similar to other (graphical) programs: if I run `firefox example.com', it starts a new instance as normal. If I run it again, it opens a new tab in the existing instance. If I close all the Firefox windows, all the associated processes terminate.

I didn't see any options to configure this behavior in Emacs, but looking over the code, it shouldn't be that hard for me to write a patch to add this as an option. Before I started though, I wanted to see what others thought. Is this a behavior others would be interested in? If so, are there any other particulars I should take into account in my patch?

- Jim

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