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  • 19:11 UTC (new) (history) 2017-05-17 Some emacs-devel humor . . . . Marcin Borkowski As you may have noticed, I’ve blogging here regularly once per week (on average) for a couple of years now. Since tomorrow I’m going for a short vacation without my laptop, instead of posting the next article around Sunday, I do it now. And since I’ve been extremely busy lately, I only have a short, light-hearted thing to say. Here you have a short quotation from the emacs-devel mailing list (anonymized to protect the innocent;-)).


  • 05:47 UTC (new) (history) 2017-05-15 Smerge mode . . . . Marcin Borkowski Some time ago, when fixing yet another merge conflict, I noticed something I didn’t know about: it turned out that Emacs enabled something called Smerge mode in the buffer with the conflict markers. I pressed C-h m and learned that it’s quite useful! You can easily leave one or the other version (at each conflict), concatenate both versions (effectively deleting the conflit markers), move to the previous or next conflict etc. I did not analyse all of its commands yet, but even this limited subset is very useful. Also, Smerge mode turned itself off after resolving (this way or another) the last remaining conflict. Very nice!


  • 19:19 UTC (new) (history) 2017-05-28 TUG-BachoTeX 2017 . . . . Marcin Borkowski Last weekend I attended the Polish TeX meetup in Bachotek again. This time, I was there for the whole time. As usual, Bachotek did not dissapoint – the talks were very interesting, people were nice… (The weather was a bit rainy, but who cares.) I met (apart from the old friends) some interesting people, most notably Barbara Beeton and Frank Mittelbach. I attended quite a few very interesting talks. I especially liked Barbara Beeton’s talk about debugging LaTeX problems (in Emacs!), Adam Twardoch’s talk about free fonts, and Andrzej Tomaszewski’s talk about Ovid’s Halieutica. (It was a fascinating project of a book series, of which only the first one actually appeared some 20 years ago. Andrzej designed the book and the talk was devoted to his creative process. Right after the conference I actually bought the book, even though I do not care to much about Latin poetry, just for the aesthetic value. Also, the book is extremely difficult to come by nowadays; it seems that I bought the only copy on Allegro, the biggest Polish auction/online trade site!)


  • 10:12 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2017-05-01 show-some-last-messages . . . . (let ((message-log-max nil)) (message "this is not logged to the messages buffer"))
  • 05:05 UTC (new) (history) 2017-05-01 show-some-last-messages . . . . Marcin Borkowski I am pretty sure I am not the only one annoyed by the fact that I can’t see more than one message in the echo area at a time. I have some functions I put in some hooks which display certain messages, and of course only the last one is usually visible. Of course, I could switch to the *Messages* buffer (using C-h e, for instance), but then I’d have to press C-x 1 to delete its window. And what if I have more than one window and I press C-h e? Not fun. I’m pretty sure its configurable to some extent, but I wanted something different. I wanted to have something like momentary-string-display. I didn’t, however, like the fact that it mangled the text in the buffer I’m in, even if only temporarily. Well, actually the best thing to use would be… message.