Last updated: 2008.06.04

Emacs on Windows and Macs

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Using emacs for Python programming

You definitely need the python mode support for Emacs, python-mode.el. I customize it by setting the indent to 5, which is my personal preference. I like decimal systems (tabs every 5). I change the indentation by changing the py-indent-offset variable from its default of 4 to 5:

(autoload 'python-mode "python-mode" "Python editing mode." t)
(setq-default py-indent-offset 5)

Emacs on Leopard

After switching to the Mac, I use Carbon Emacs. There is also Aquamacs which I have not tried yet.

Notes for running Emacs on Windows

To customize your copy of emacs, you need to set a HOME environment variable and put a .emacs file there. Set the HOME environment variable, on NT, using Control panel, System, Environment, and create a user variable. You can check the variable by openning a DOS box (Programs, Command Prompt) and type "echo %HOME%"


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