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Re: Emacs With GUI Support



Now that you say that, I remember running into an issue about C-<RET> not being recognized in the terminal.
Haden

On 10/21/2013 5:01 PM, Tim Cross wrote:
Some of the more common issues you can get running in a terminal relate to key translation and interpretation, especially some of the modifier keys and some combinations, such as shift+meta etc.

Depending on the terminal being used, there can also be issues with function keys, delete and backspace, pgup/pgdown etc. You can also sometimes run into issues when connecting over ssh etc to remote systems.

Most of these issues can be resolved through tweaking of the terminal settings or through using different terminals, for example, using iTerm2 rather than the standard Mac terminal. However, if you look at some of the questions often asked regarding emacs and running in the terminal, especially under OS X, these are common issues which often cause users some problems. There are also occasional issues which come up specific to emacs running in the terminal (see Raman's post regarding the info mode and using emacsclient -t), these are less common. However, as the majority of people seem to run emacs under GUI mode, the terminal version is likely less well tested, so issues will come up a little more frequently.

Tim
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On 22/10/2013, at 3:38 AM, Haden Pike <haden.pike@gmail.com> wrote:

I'm curious what key issues you're thinking about.

The running with GUI support was a general question not specific to OS X, so if others would like to chime in...
Haden

On 10/13/2013 5:02 PM, Tim Cross wrote:
I'm using the GUI version under OS X. Installed via hombrew and it works fine. I use the full screen support of current version (24.3). You just need to include the --cocoa with to the install command. I then added the emacs.app to the dock.

The extent to which it has any benefit will depend to some extent on what level of sight you have (if any). Since my eye operation a couple of years ago, I've been lucky enough to get some sight back, so the GUI mode does have some advantages and you avoid some of the key issues you can get running in a terminal. However, previously, when I had no sight, I probably would not have bothered and just run in the terminal.

One advantage I do find with the GUI mode is that you can just leave voice over running. When you switch to the screen running emacs, you may need to hit control to stop voice over speaking the initial screen (call this global voice over). From then, it just speaks using the emacspeak voice over. I've found this tends to make voice over a bit more stable than turning it on and off as you move in and out of emacspeak to other apps etc.

Tim

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Tim Cross
IT Security Manager, Information Technology
University of New England
Armidale N.Sl.W. 2350

Email: tcross@une.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 6773 3210
Mobile: +61 428 212 217

On 14/10/2013, at 2:42 AM, Haden Pike <haden.pike@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi all,

When I first installed Emacs on my OS X machine, it had no GUI support (the default when doing brew install emacs).  As OS X 10.9 is due to be released shortly, I'll be re-installing Emacs.  Which version do folks on this list prefer?  Do either of these offer advantages?
Haden


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