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  • 4 Editing files and EmacsEditing filesThe Emacs editor

  • EditorsEditors are used to create files of text and to modify their contentsYou need an editor for sending email, writing programs and many other tasksThere are many different editors - vi, ed and emacs are common UNIX examplesThere are different styles of editor - e.g. line editors and text editorsThey are not the same as word processors which are concerned with printed documents (fonts, sizes, etc.)

  • The Emacs EditorA powerful editor, available on most UNIX systemsIts a text editorComplex and extensible - we will only explore a fraction - see tutorial and on-line help facilities for more

  • Emacs conventionsFrequent use of the control and meta keyscontrol key usually marked control or ctrlthe meta key is usually marked altThe notation C-x means hold down the control key and simultaneously press the x key (was ^X in previous lectures)M-y means hold down the meta (alt) key and simultaneously press the y keyIf the alt-y combination is taken by the host operating system (for example Windows), you can press the escape (esc) key, release it, and then press the y key

  • Mini-bufferStatus lineEdit window

  • Starting and quittingFrom the UNIX prompt type emacs or emacs filenameThe emacs screen is divided into three partsedit window - large part where the contents of the file are displayedstatus line - name of file, how far through you are and whether it needs savingminibuffer - where commands are enteredC-x C-c to quit (of course). You may be prompted to save files

  • Moving around the fileYour current position in the file is shown by the cursorMost basic movement is one character or line at a timeuse the arrow keys orC-bbackward (left) one characterC-fforward (right) one characterC-pprevious line (up one character)C-nnext line (down one character)Scrolling happens as necessary

  • Can also move in steps of a word, sentence, paragraphs and screenM-fforwards one wordM-bbackwards one wordC-astart of current lineC-eend of current lineM-astart of current sentenceM-eend of current sentenceC-v scroll down one screenM-vscroll up one screenM-move to end of fileC-l refreshes the screen and centers the cursor.

  • Inserting and deleting textTo insert text, position the cursor and typeType RETURN to enter a new line, otherwise the line will wrap aroundDEL deletes the character before the cursor and C-d the character after the cursor. Hold down for repeated operationM-del and M-d deletes whole words

  • C-k deletes from cursor to end of line. A further C-k deletes the new line characterMark and then delete a whole area:C-SPACE at start and move cursor to end. Make sure you have Active Region Highlighting ticked to see the marked region in color!C-w to delete the marked out regionM-w copies the area without deleting it.Commands that remove more than one character at a time save the text. It can be yanked back with C-yAnother C-y to yank back another copyM-y to yank back next previously deleted textCan use C-w and C-y to move text around

  • File handlingNeed to be able to load and save filesC-x C-f finds and loads a filePrompts for the pathname in the minibufferType the name and press RETURNUse TAB for filename completionFile is either loaded or created

  • Changes made on screen are not immediately made to the file, they are made to a copy called the bufferHave to explicitly write them back by saving, C-x s (all files) C-x C-s (current file) (answer y and n to prompts)Can have more than one file open at a time. C-x C-f also switches between buffers if we give the name of an open buffer.C-x b swaps to the previous bufferSave frequently - work will be lost if emacs or the system crashesPrevious version may be backed up in filename~

  • Undoing mistakesC-x u, C-_, and C-/ undo the previous commandRepeating the undo command takes you further back through the editing history

  • SearchingNeed to search for text in a large fileIncremental searchtype C-s to search forward. Type C-r to search backwardsOr enter command M-x isearch-forward or M-x isearch-backwards in the minibuffer (use TAB for command completion)you can delete the last character in the search stringC-g to quit at any time (this works for any command!)

  • Replacing stringsChange all occurrences of one string of text with anothertype M-x and enter query-replaceOr type M-%enter search and target stringstype y or n at each prompt. ! to replace alluse replace-string to avoid the promptingM-x then spell-buffer for the spell checker

  • WindowsCan divide the edit window into smaller sub-windows, each with a different documentC-x 2 split horizontallyC-x 3split verticallyC-x 1make current window the full windowC-x omove cursor to the next window

  • ModesModes configure emacs for different kinds of editing, controlling wrap-around and indentingM-x then mode namefundamental-modetext-mode (gives automatic text wrapping)c++-modeMay guess mode from the filename suffixUse TAB for autocompletion

  • Help and the tutorialC-h for top level help menuC-h C-h to find out what each menu option meansC-h t for the on-line tutorialA cheatsheet with most of the key combinations in this lecture is in the module folder

  • Coursework 1Deadline: 10th April 4PM.Covers the first three lectures (and the revision lecture)It mentions one simple command we havent seen. Youll have to find out how it works.

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