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Emacs Hacks

Emacs-fu requested little emacs tricks and I have a few in my config.

Fixing Cut and Paste

I don’t need this on Windows but when working through an X-server it makes cut and paste work.

(setq x-select-enable-clipboard t)

Ido Mode

I have mentioned ido-mode before in my directory aliases post that everybody has probably seen by now.

(ido-mode t)
(setq ido-enable-flex-matching t)

(setq ido-create-new-buffer 'always)


I use uniquify to distinguish between two identically named files as the default, appending a <n> extension, is rubbish. This tip is from Trey Jackson.

(require 'uniquify)
(setq uniquify-buffer-name-style 'reverse)
(setq uniquify-separator "|")
(setq uniquify-after-kill-buffer-p t)
(setq uniquify-ignore-buffers-re "^\\*")

Tidy Backups

I’m not keen on the way that emacs leaves its backups all over the place. You can fix that by configuring backup-directory-alist.

(setq backup-directory-alist
      (cons '("." . "~/.emacs-backups") backup-directory-alist))

I guess I must have written that a while ago as these days I would use push in preference to setq/cons.

(push '("." . "~/.emacs-backups") backup-directory-alist)

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