Monthly Archives: March 2017

Dired Sorting

If you like to manage your files with Dired and tend to rely on the Dired listing rather than, say, ls, Ben Maughan has an excellent suggestion: dired-quick-sort. Take a look at the Github site to get an idea of … Continue reading

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Reproducible Journalism?

Longtime readers know that we here at Irreal do not generally hold journalists in high regard. Putting the best light on things, they are all too often ignorant and lazy. Still, Irreal is nothing if not dedicated to the scientific … Continue reading

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Stein's Emacs Productivity Series

Gregory Stein over at Caches to Caches has a nice series on how he uses Emacs to increase his productivity. I’ve written about a couple of those articles (1, 2) already but it’s useful to see the whole series. As … Continue reading

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The Silver Searcher, Ivy-occur, and Swiper

I’m stuck in my ways and stubborn so even though I use macOS as my primary platform, I have, for years, insisted on compiling all my tools from source myself. The Mac platform has just enough idiosyncrasies to sometimes make … Continue reading

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Going to the Nth Paragraph in Emacs

The Emacs Stack Exchange has an interesting discussion on how to navigate to the nth paragraph in an Emacs document. The original questioner noted that although there is a function to navigate to the line, there is no corresponding function … Continue reading

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Guile 2.2

The long awaited 2.2.0 version of Guile has been released. This version is a significant update to the Guile system. It includes a new compiler and VM and several other performance enhancing changes. They even boast a complete Elisp emulation. … Continue reading

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Prompting on Exit from Emacs

Coffeecupp_ over at the Emacs reddit asks if there’s a way on macOS to prevent Emacs from quitting when the last window is closed. That’s not a problem I have but I learned a couple of useful things from the … Continue reading

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Shell and Comint History

A couple of weeks ago I saw this nice post on advanced Bash shortcuts over at ${me:-whatever}, If you haven’t seen it, be sure to take a look. Even though I’ve been using Bash for more years than I care … Continue reading

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An Automated Publishing Pipeline

Dale Karp wanted to publish his activity log and notes so that others could see them and he could view them remotely. To do this, he set up an automated publishing pipeline using Emacs and Org mode. The idea is … Continue reading

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Mu/Mu4e 0.9.18

I just downloaded the latest version mu/mu4e and rebuilt it on my system. That’s a pain because Apple insists on shipping a very old version of Emacs—apparently to avoid GPL 3—and mu4e won’t build because it thinks Emacs is too … Continue reading

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