Re: Confession to make
- From: Patrick Nihill <pa_nihill@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006 16:25:15 +0100
In article <ec6gk0$lh3$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, ldo@geek-
I've been a long-time Mac guy. I still own four of them, two of which are
actually switched on. These days I mainly do Linux work (I also own two
Shuttle boxes running various Linux flavours, which are completely
Microsoft-Windows-free). Lots of people seem to like OS X, and while I
choose not to run it myself, I never considered it as something that was a
downright pain to use.
Until yesterday, when I actually chose to switch to a Windows machine,
rather than continue using OS X.
I was trying to make some changes to a Python script that I had written for
a client on one of their Linux servers. I opened up a Terminal window on
this G5 running OS X, and was able to SSH into the Linux box just fine.
Once there, I started up Emacs, and tried to edit the script.
Immediately I hit the first problem: pressing the page-up and page-down keys
wasn't moving me through the document, instead Terminal seemed to be
interpreting these keys as navigating through its scrollback buffer.
You can change this behaviour. Press CMD-I to open the Inspector window,
then choose "Keyboard". You can change the mappings of the page up, page
down, end etc. keys here.
OK, so I try limping along in Emacs a little further without using those
keys. I press control-space to start selecting some text. And I hit my
second problem: this keystroke seems to be interpreted by the OS itself, to
bring up another little window I didn't want (Spotlight or something like
Control-space is not interpreted by the OS, at least by default. CMD-
Space is the default shortcut for Spotlight. You can change this in
System Preferences -> Spotlight if it's getting in your way.
There were other keystroke problems. Some key I was pressing at one point
kept switching the focus to a second Terminal window I had open--again
something I didn't want.
This would be CMD-~, which is the standard OS X way of switching between
the windows in an application.
Are you sure you mean to be using the Command key instead of the control
key for these operations? I would have thought any command-line software
would only use Control, not Command.
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