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Re: Using emacs in a terminal window
- From: Mark Harig <idirectscm at aim dot com>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Sat, 06 Jun 2009 15:43:50 -0400
- Subject: Re: Using emacs in a terminal window
> I've answered several questions in recent weeks about
> how to use emacs in a terminal window. To try to clarify
> this, I plan to put some suggestions in
> /usr/share/doc/Cygwin/emacs.README the next time I
> update the emacs packages. The current draft is appended
> below. Please let me know if you see any inaccuracies or if
> anything could be stated more clearly.
Here is an additional item related to terminal-mode Emacs that
might be worth mentioning:
A better display of colors, underlining, etc. can be obtained
in the terminal mode Emacs by making use of the terminfo file
that is included in the Emacs distribution:
This file (eterm-color) can be accessed by copying it to the
directory /usr/share/terminfo/e/ (which the user may need to
create). The terminal capabilities are then available if
terminal-mode Emacs is invoked with some variation of:
env TERM=Eterm-color emacs ...
If the user has the Cygwin version of the 'terminfo' package
installed, then even more terminal capabilities are available.
This package provides the files 'Eterm', 'Eterm-88color', and
'Eterm-256color' in the directory /usr/share/terminfo/45/. To
make use of the 'Eterm-256color' terminal capabilities, for
example, issue some variation of the following commands:
$ cd /usr/share/terminfo/45/
$ ln -fs Eterm-256color Eterm-color
$ env TERM=Eterm-color emacs ...
An alias can also be defined to help:
$ alias edit="env TERM=Eterm-color /usr/bin/emacs-nox --no-splash"
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