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Re: Readline in emacs

From: Peter Jones
Subject: Re: Readline in emacs
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2008 09:09:29 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1 (darwin)

Jason Nielsen <address@hidden> writes:
> I have a console based application that has readline support for tab
> completion.  I'd like to run it within emacs via comint mode but don't
> want to give up tab completion and would rather not spend hours
> writing elisp to get a similar functionality.  Any
> help/direction/pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Not sure if this helps, but ...

If you start a terminal emulator in Emacs (M-x term) you can run your
application directly (instead of a shell), and switch between line
mode and char mode.

In char mode (the default term mode), all keys work as expected,
including tab, because they are sent directly to the console
application.  In line mode, however, term mode will see the keys
first, and only sends what you type after pressing RET.

Also, term mode uses comint mode, so maybe you could look at how char
mode in term mode works when writing a comint wrapper for your console

Peter Jones, pmade inc.

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