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EMACSCLIENT(1)                                                  EMACSCLIENT(1)

       emacsclient - tells a running Emacs to visit a file

       emacsclient [options] files ...

       This  manual  page  documents briefly the emacsclient command.  Full documentation 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' program 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 win-
       dow or in that frame.

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

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

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

       -e, --eval
              do not visit files but instead evaluate the arguments as Emacs Lisp expressions.

       -n, --no-wait
              returns immediately without waiting for you to "finish" the buffer in Emacs.

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

       -f, --server-file=FILENAME
              use   TCP  configuration  file  FILENAME  for  communication.   This  can  also  be  specified  via  the
              'EMACS_SERVER_FILE' environment variable.

       -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.

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

       -V, --version
              print version information and exit

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

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

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

       This manual page is in the public domain.