emacsclient


SYNOPSIS
       emacsclient [options] files ...

DESCRIPTION
       This manual page documents briefly the emacsclient command.  Full docu-
       mentation is available in the GNU Info format; see below.  This  manual
       page  was originally written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, but
       is not specific to that system.

       emacsclient works in conjunction with the built-in Emacs server.

       You can either call emacsclient directly or let other programs  run  it
       for  you when necessary.  On GNU and Unix systems many programs consult
       the environment variable EDITOR (sometimes also VISUAL) to  obtain  the
       command  used  for editing.  Thus, setting this environment variable to
       'emacsclient' will allow these programs to use an already running Emacs
       for  editing.  Other operating systems might have their own methods for
       defining the default editor.

       For emacsclient to work, you need  an  already  running  Emacs  with  a
       server.   Within  Emacs,  call the functions `server-start' or `server-
       mode'.  (Your `.emacs' file can do this automatically if you add either
       `(server-start)' or `(server-mode 1)' to it.)

       When  you've finished editing the buffer, type `C-x #' (`server-edit').
       This saves the file and sends a message back to the `emacsclient'  pro-
       gram  telling  it to exit.  The programs that use `EDITOR' wait for the
       "editor" (actually, `emacsclient') to exit.  `C-x #'  also  checks  for
       other  pending external requests to edit various files, and selects the
       next such file.

       If you set the variable `server-window' to a window or a frame, `C-x #'
       displays the server buffer in that window or in that frame.


OPTIONS
       The  programs  follow  the  usual  GNU  command  line syntax, with long
       options starting with two dashes (`-').

       -a, --alternate-editor=EDITOR
              if the Emacs server is not running,  run  the  specified  editor
              instead.   This can also be specified via the `ALTERNATE_EDITOR'
              environment variable.  If the  value  of  EDITOR  is  the  empty
              string,  then  Emacs  is  started in daemon mode and emacsclient
              will try to connect to it.

       -c, --create-frame
              create a new frame instead of trying to use  the  current  Emacs
              frame

       -d, --display=DISPLAY
              tell the server to display the files on the given display.


       -nw, -t, --tty
              open a new Emacs frame on the current terminal

       -s, --socket-name=FILENAME
              use socket named FILENAME for communication.

       -V, --version
              print version information and exit

       -H, --help
              print this usage information message and exit

SEE ALSO
       The  program  is  documented fully in Using Emacs as a Server available
       via the Info system.

AUTHOR
       This   manual    page    was    written    by    Stephane    Bortzmeyer
       <bortzmeyer@debian.org>,  for  the  Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be
       used by others).

COPYING
       This manual page is in the public domain.




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