I’m offby1 on #emacs, and many other places.

I use Emacs.

OK, OK, I do more than just use it; I live in it twelve hours a day; they’ll take my Emacs when they pry it from my cold dead fingers, etc.

 <johnw> i've laid out in my will that my heirs should continue working on my .emacs

From the point of view of an emacs user, Gnome is a system designed to prevent your keystrokes from getting to Emacs, and instead doing baffling things like starting a new terminal (that’s what happens when I type M-C-t, for example). As of Ubuntu 10.04 (“Lucid Lynx”), I’ve found the following bunch of shell commands to occasionally be useful (I’ve seen them fail to work):

 gconftool-2 -t bool --set /apps/gnome-terminal/global/use_menu_accelerators false
 gconftool-2 -t bool --set /apps/gnome-terminal/global/use_mnemonics         false
 gconftool-2 -t string --set /apps/metacity/window_keybindings/activate_window_menu disabled
 gconftool-2 -t string --set /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/switch_windows '<Mod4>Tab'

Here, for those of you who were dying to know, are some goodies that I’ve been using for a while, and which quickly became can’t-do-without-em favorites:

  (rx "/*#" (group (or (any alpha) "_")
                   (or (any alnum) "_")) "#*/")



Things I’ve known about for a while, but still find absurdly useful:

Here’s something that I’m proud of, and haven’t seen anywhere else. I don’t know where to put it, so I’m putting it here.

It adjusts the various browse-url-* variables appropriately depending on whether the selected frame is an X frame or a console frame. It only is useful on Emascen that have MultiTTYSupport.

(defmacro with-library (symbol &rest body)
  ;(declare (indent 1))
  `(condition-case nil
         (require ',symbol)

     (error (message  "I guess we don't have %s available." ',symbol)

;; when I'm using a console, I always want a text-mode browser, but
;; when I'm using a GUI, I want a GUI browser.  And when I'm using
;; multi-tty Emacs, I might have both types of frame at once.
(make-variable-frame-local 'browse-url-browser-function)
(make-variable-frame-local 'browse-url-netscape-program)
(make-variable-frame-local 'browse-url-new-window-p)
(make-variable-frame-local 'browse-url-lynx-emacs-args)
(defun fiddle-browser-variables (current-frame)
  (let ((x-running-locally
          (boundp 'window-system)
          (eq (assoc-default 'window-system (frame-parameters current-frame)) 'x)
          (getenv "DISPLAY")

          (let ((display-data (split-string (getenv "DISPLAY") ":")))
            (if (= 1 (length display-data)) ; e.g. ("0")

                ;; e.g. ("offby1" "0")
                (setq display-data (cons (car (split-string (system-name) "\\.")) display-data))

              (let* ((display-host (nth 0 display-data))
                     (display-number (car (read-from-string (nth 1 display-data)))))
                ;; display numbers >=10 imply we're using SSH from a remote
                ;; machine
                (and (< display-number 10)
                     ;; (string-equal (downcase (car (split-string display-host "\\.")))
                     ;;                           (downcase (car (split-string (system-name)"\\."))))
       '((browse-url-browser-function . browse-url-default-windows-browser))))

       (= 0 (call-process "bash" nil nil nil "-c" "type -p firefox")))

       '((browse-url-netscape-program  . "firefox")
         (browse-url-browser-function . browse-url-netscape)
         (browse-url-new-window-p . t))))
     ((and x-running-locally
           (file-readable-p "/etc/alternatives/x-www-browser" ;typically
                                        ;present on Debian systems
       '((browse-url-netscape-program . "/etc/alternatives/x-www-browser")
         (browse-url-browser-function . browse-url-netscape)
         (browse-url-new-window-p     . t))))
     ((with-library w3m
        (setq browse-url-browser-function 'w3m-browse-url)))

     ((= 0 (call-process "bash" nil nil nil "-c" "type -p lynx"))
       '((browse-url-browser-function . browse-url-lynx-emacs)
         (browse-url-lynx-emacs-args . ("-show_cursor" "-nocolor")))))

     ((with-library w3
        (setq w3-user-colors-take-precedence t)
        (let ((tmp "/home/offby1/.netscape/bookmarks.html"))
          (if (file-readable-p tmp)
              (setq w3-default-homepage
                    (append "file:"
         '((browse-url-browser-function . browse-url-w3))))
      (setq browse-url-browser-function nil)
      (message "There appears to be no way to browse web pages on this
  t                                     ;since we're used in a hook,
                                        ;it's probably important to
                                        ;not return nil.
(fiddle-browser-variables (selected-frame))
(add-hook  'after-make-frame-functions 'fiddle-browser-variables)