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All the code you need to get started, with an emphasis on dynamic languages.

branch: carbon-emacs

Emacs Starter Kit

From Phil Hagelberg's emacs-starter-kit.

Current or planned customizations by Geoffrey Grosenbach (topfunky)

  • Intended for use with Emacs built for Mac OS X from git://


  • Implement Mac-friendly keyboard shortcuts. Liberal usage of the Apple command key to make shortcuts even shorter.
  • Add other plugins that I use, such as Textile, Haml, Sass, etc.
  • Add TextMate-style snippets with yasnippet


This should provide a saner set of defaults than you get normally with Emacs. It's intended for beginners, but it should provide a reasonable working environment for anyone using Emacs.


  1. Install Emacs Use your package manager if you have one. Otherwise, Mac users should get it from Apple. Windows users can get it from GNU.
  2. Move this directory to ~/.emacs.d
  3. Launch Emacs!

If you are missing some autoloads after an update (should manifest itself as "void function: foobar" errors) try deleting your loaddefs.el file and restarting Emacs.

If you want to keep your regular ~/.emacs.d in place and just launch a single instance using the starter kit, try the following invocation:

$ emacs -q -l ~/src/emacs-starter-kit/init.el


Libraries from ELPA ( are preferred when available since dependencies are handled automatically, and the burden to update them is removed from the user.


If you know your way around Emacs, please try out the starter kit as a replacement for your regular dotfiles for a while. If there's anything you just can't live without, add it or let me know so I can add it.

Also: see the file TODO.

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