Monday, July 04, 2005

Emacs on Ubuntu - Copy/Paste horrors, term mode delights

Emacs is like a laser guided missile. It only has to be slight mis-configured to ruin your whole day.

Copy/Paste does not play well with Gnome desktop on Ubuntu by default. You have to experience a borked copy/paste setup to appreciate how insanely frustrating it is.

Some horse whispering is required in your .emacs file:

    (setq x-select-enable-clipboard t)

Thanks to Anders Carlsson for posting how to do this.

What a relief!

On the delight side of the equation, term mode allows me to have colored bash shells in Emacs. Very pretty.

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