Ever since I got back into using OrgMode full-time, I've been using Emacs every single minute of using a computer. In fact, these days, I can't even function without Emacs and OrgMode.
Naturally, it follows, that just like the days when I
dived deep into Vim, I'm diving into Emacs these days.
I got interested in Emacs again because of
BG's dotemacs, but to truly become familiar, I had to create my own configuration files. It was a great way to learn Emacs Lisp. I have breezed through the initial chapters of the Emacs Lisp Manual and after getting introduced to Clojure recently, Lisp and functional programming doesn't seem that alien any more.
I bumped into
Cask and Pallet last week (probably via Emacs-Reddit) and that gave me impetus to kickstart my own
.emacs.d over the weekend.
This is how I got started - I created the following files under the
.emacs.d directory in my home directory, so it looked like this:
Contents of the file
if [[ ! -e ~/.cask ]]
echo "Cloning Cask repo"
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:cask/cask.git ~/.cask
if [[ $(grep "cask/bin" ~/.bash_profile ) == "" ]]
echo "Adding \$ HOME/.cask/bin to \$ PATH in ~/.bash_profile"
echo '' >> ~/.bash_profile
echo "# Added by ~/.emacs.d/install.sh" >> ~/.bash_profile
echo "export PATH= \$ HOME/.cask/bin: \$ PATH" >> ~/.bash_profile
export PATH = $HOME/.cask/bin: $PATH
# For Python / ELPY
# Prerequisite: Install Python as per:
pip install --upgrade elpy flake8 rope jedi ipython
Contents of the file
Cask initially was (I've added more packages now, but this is the minimal list of packages that I would use, although ELPY is optional if you don't use Python):
A minimal ( source "gnu" "http://elpa.gnu.org/packages/" )
( source "melpa" "http://melpa.milkbox.net/packages/" )
( source "marmalade" "http://marmalade-repo.org/packages/" )
( source "org" "http://orgmode.org/elpa/" )
( depends-on "ack-and-a-half" )
( depends-on "cask" )
( depends-on "elpy" )
( depends-on "exec-path-from-shell" )
( depends-on "flx-ido" )
( depends-on "magit" )
( depends-on "pallet" )
( depends-on "projectile" )
( depends-on "yasnippet" )
( depends-on "zenburn-theme" )
init.el looks like:
;; /This/ file (~init.el~) that you are reading
;; should be in this folder
( add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/" )
;; Package Manager
;; See ~Cask~ file for its configuration
( require 'cask "~/.cask/cask.el" )
( cask-initialize )
;; Keeps ~Cask~ file in sync with the packages
;; that you install/uninstall via ~M-x list-packages~
( require 'pallet )
;; Root directory
( setq root-dir ( file-name-directory
( or ( buffer-file-name ) load-file-name )))
( load-theme 'zenburn t )
( set-cursor-color "firebrick" )
( set-frame-font "Fira Mono OT-14" nil t )
;; Don't show startup screen
( setq inhibit-startup-screen t )
;; Show keystrokes
( setq echo-keystrokes 0.02 )
( require 'exec-path-from-shell )
( when ( memq window-system ' ( mac ns ))
( exec-path-from-shell-initialize ))
( require 'magit )
( eval-after-load 'magit
( progn ' ( global-set-key ( kbd "C-x g" ) 'magit-status )))
;; flx-ido completion system, recommended by Projectile
( require 'flx-ido )
( flx-ido-mode 1 )
;; change it if you have a fast processor.
( setq flx-ido-threshhold 1000 )
;; Project management
( require 'ack-and-a-half )
( require 'projectile )
( projectile-global-mode )
( require 'yasnippet )
( yas-load-directory ( concat root-dir "snippets" ))
( yas-global-mode 1 )
;; Python editing
( require 'elpy )
( elpy-enable )
( elpy-use-ipython )
And that's it, a full-fledged Emacs setup is ready.
The best part is to play around with
M-x list-packages and browse around and decide which packages you want to try out and use, when you install a package, it automatically gets added to your
Cask file (that's what Pallet does), so you can convert this
.emacs.d folder into a Git repository and sync anywhere and have the same configuration available on multiple machines.
So far, I have resisted many things like
evil-mode and started really enjoying using packages such as org-pomodoro and ace-jump-mode.
Getting back to Emacs
after a decade has been so much fun.