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  • I'm trying to use emacs, for a number of Good Reasons, but I find a one thing rather painful.

    Startup times are slow, compared to other editors. In my work, I hit a lot of different systems and investigate problems and questions. It's so much easier to fire up my personal vi-like favorite editor, vile, than it is to start emacs.

    Do people seriously use emacs with Ange-FTP and the various shell/telnet modes to manage a lot of different environments and stay in one emacs all day? I think this might be a Go

    • "screen emacs" is your friend. I fire up an Emacs only about once a month or so on each machine I visit. Then, I just reuse it and abuse it.

      I also read mail, news, and connect to IRC from within Emacs. I use dired mode to avoid ever typing "rm mumble*mumble". I use shell mode to fire up a few shells inside Emacs, to allow me a consistent cut-paste environment.

      At the risk of repeating myself, "screen emacs" is your friend.

      • Randal L. Schwartz
      • Stonehenge
      • Thanks for the pointer. I've been using it at home on my Linux machine like that a lot. I read email and news, connect to IRC and I've even been playing with the various WWW browsers from within emacs as an immersive technique.

        I doubt that I could really keep an emacs running for days on the work machines. Some sys admin might object and they're often rebooting, but I could setup to fire off a set of rsh commands from my desktop each morning as I'm starting up to startup my various emacs sessions that I'd use all day. I typically check my Outlook email first anyway...