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The best way to learn Emacs Lisp is to download the <link xlink:href="">Emacs Tutorial</link>
However, there is no need to actually know any Lisp to get started with configuring Emacs, as I have included a sample <filename>.emacs</filename>, which should be enough to get you started. Just copy it into your home directory and restart Emacs if it is already running; it will read the commands from the file and (hopefully) give you a useful basic setup.
A Sample <filename>.emacs</filename>
Unfortunately, there is far too much here to explain it in detail; however there are one or two points worth mentioning.
Everything beginning with a <literal>;</literal> is a comment and is ignored by Emacs.
In the first line, the <literal>-*- Emacs-Lisp -*-</literal> is so that we can edit <filename>.emacs</filename> itself within Emacs and get all the fancy features for editing Emacs Lisp. Emacs usually tries to guess this based on the filename, and may not get it right for <filename>.emacs</filename>.
The <keysym>tab</keysym> key is bound to an indentation function in some modes, so when you press the tab key, it will indent the current line of code. If you want to put a <token>tab</token> character in whatever you are writing, hold the <keysym>control</keysym> key down while you are pressing the <keysym>tab</keysym> key.
This file supports syntax highlighting for C, C++, Perl, Lisp and Scheme, by guessing the language from the filename.
Emacs already has a pre-defined function called <function>next-error</function>. In a compilation output window, this allows you to move from one compilation error to the next by doing <command>M-n</command>; we define a complementary function, <function>previous-error</function>, that allows you to go to a previous error by doing <command>M-p</command>. The nicest feature of all is that <command>C-c C-c</command> will open up the source file in which the error occurred and jump to the appropriate line.
We enable Emacs's ability to act as a server, so that if you are doing something outside Emacs and you want to edit a file, you can just type in
<prompt>%</prompt> <userinput>emacsclient <replaceable>filename</replaceable></userinput>



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