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2.3 Creating and editing files

Now that you've been through the in-built emacs tutorial, you should have a basic idea of how to use a few simple commands to edit and save a file.

The following is just to make sure you understand how to invoke emacs in general.


Suppose you have an existing file called input in your current working directory. You wish to edit this file. Therefore, intead of just typing emacs & at the prompt, intead, you can type emacs input &
Now, suppose you wish to create a new file, called data . Even though the file doesn't yet exist, you can type emacs data & to create an emacs session of this new file. After making your modifications, saving, and exiting from emacs, you should find that you have a new file in your current working directory called data
Paths to file names also apply when invoking emacs. Say you current working directory is /home/mildred/optim/ and you wish to edit the file data in /home/mildred/ . You could type emacs ../data & to edit this file.