My Emacs Setup, pt 7: Q & A (1)
Published 2013-07-11 @ 12:00
In my last post I asked for suggestions on what to blog about next. I got some questions that I thought were interesting so I’m answering them here:
I have a ton of specific questions. Here are just a few:
Awesome! Keep throwing them at me.
- Do you use emacserver and emacsclient?
I certainly have in the past, I pretty much don’t nowadays. This is
mostly because I run almost all of my shells within emacs, making
emacsclient (mostly) unnecessary. Open prompts are relative to the
current directory of whatever buffer you’re in (including shells) and
you can open globs, so rather than doing
emacsclient lib/*.rb I can
C-x C-f lib/*.rb RET.
That said, I do fire up
M-x server-start once in a while and run
emacsclient from Terminal.app. Because I’m running the server from the
GUI emacs, I can get Terminal.app communicating over to the GUI and
feel more comfortable.
- How do you handle integration with the OS X clipboard? (Especially, if you said yes above.)
As I said, I generally use the GUI anyways so clipboard integration Just Works(tm).
I do like having
save-interprogram-paste-before-kill set to
custom. That makes the OS integration a bit smoother.
- What do you use for .erb files?
Nothing. I try not to work on view code (and people thank me for that). If I did, I’d prolly try out MMM again. I didn’t like the older alternatives.
- Do you indent manually or with an automatic tool?
Um… I use
enh-ruby-mode (or whatever language’s
mode) to do indentation for me with plain
TAB. I’m not sure if
that’s what you’re asking.
- How much to you rely on [c|e]tags for navigation in projects?
I love exuberant ctags and have a script called
does-what-I-want 99% of the time. That said, I don’t use tags that
much because most of my projects are limited in scope enough and have
sane file layout that it isn’t strictly necessary.
I do recommend using tags to all newcomers to emacs tho. I think it is
a very powerful tool (esp once you start using
pop-tag-mark to go
back from whence you came).
- Any tricks/best practices for expanding text? I’m a long-time user of dabbrev-expand, but feel like I might be missing some opportunities by not using hippie-expand.
Ah! yes! I have the following in
(eval-after-load "dabbrev" '(defalias 'dabbrev-expand 'hippie-expand))
Then, I set
'(try-expand-all-abbrevs try-expand-list try-expand-dabbrev-visible try-expand-dabbrev try-expand-dabbrev-all-buffers try-expand-dabbrev-from-kill rwd-try-expand-tag try-complete-lisp-symbol-partially try-complete-lisp-symbol try-complete-file-name-partially try-complete-file-name)
I believe that the defaults for hippie-expand are pretty good by themselves, but IIRC, I reordered some of them to suit my needs a bit better. It could probably still use some tweaking, but this works for me well enough that it stays off my radar.
Thanks - love the series.