This is the little corner of EmacsWiki for Doug Alcorn <doug @>. I’m known as Lathi on the #emacs EmacsChannel. My official home page is at As of 15 March 2003 I use Emacs 21.2.2 (i386-pc-linux-gnu, X toolkit, Xaw3d scroll bars) of 2003-02-12 on raven, modified by Debian. I “switched” from XEmacs 21.4 (patch 12) “Portable Code” [Lucid] (i386-debian-linux, Mule) of Mon Jan 27 2003 on eeyore. So far it’s going OK. I like GnuEmacs. There are still a couple of gotchas I don’t like. Apropos is the biggest one.

Give Icicles a try for an alternative to ‘apropos’. ‘C-next’ and ‘C-prior’ show the doc for each apropos match. ‘S-TAB’ lists all the matches. The targeted objects are all those expected as input. For example, with ‘C-h v’, the objects are variables; with ‘C-h f’, they are functions; with ‘M-x’, they are commands, and so on.

I need to update my bugs, todo, and wishes list below now that I’m in GNU Emacs.

I’ve setup a personal wiki at Yes, my main site is now a wiki. Feel free to register and edit all you like. I’m using it as a place to store longer essays and howtos. I’ve also got a blog setup at If you’re into RSS, both have an feed for updates:

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