Monday, October 14, 2019

Emacs - Day 1

Day 1 of giving Emacs a try.  After 20+ years of using vim, I wanted to improve my development environment and general workflow at the office.  I found Emacs OrgMode and thought it sounded interesting. The last time I used Emacs was in the mid 90s or so and I couldn't figure out how to exit and got frustrated.  Everyone I knew used a form of vi, so those were the questions they could answer.  And here I am all these years later in vim.  Would I actually like Emacs if I gave it a fair try?  Time to try it out.


I started by installing the emacs package on my workstation:
dnf install -y emacs
OK, that was easy.  Now run 'emacs' from the terminal launches a graphical program.  I wanted it to run in the console. Searching around, I find the way to do this is to run 'emacs -nw'. You can also install the emacs-nox package, but I might want the graphical one so I will just use the command line option for now.  I added an alias to ~/.zshrc:
alias emacs='emacs -nw'
Easy.  Now to get down to business.  My .vimrc file is not particularly large and I have never really been comfortable with VimScript.  Without getting in to that now, I decided to just use the default Emacs configuration to edit and save some source files.  This also has the advantage of making me learn the Emacs defaults.

I opened a C source file and made changes.  I did have to go and look up how to exit.  I used Ctrl+x Ctrl+c and it asked me to save, so I said yes.  I hope I get better at this.

So, some success.  I will admit I had a lot of unexpected "i" characters appearing throughout the files I edited, but I would expect that right now.  I want to go through my .vimrc and figure out what I want ported over to the Emacs configuration.

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