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© Harley Hahn 2016

Harley Hahn, Harley Hahn's Emacs Field Guide, 10.1007/978-1-4842-1703-0_5

5. Starting and Stopping Emacs

Harley Hahn

(1)Santa Barbara, California, USA

5.1 Section 5.1: Starting Emacs

In Chapter 3, we talked about how to install Emacs on different types of systems. If you are working with a GUI and at the time of installation you created an Emacs icon, all you need to do is click (or double-click) that icon to start Emacs. In this section, I will show you how to start Emacs from the command line. (We discussed how to enter Unix commands in Section 2.9.)

To start Emacs, you enter the Emacs command. The basic syntax is:

emacs [option...] [file...]

where file... indicates one or more files you want to edit.

The Emacs command has a lot ...

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