[Users] Claws completely frozen after the external editor exited

Charles Curley charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Tue Sep 29 20:10:57 CEST 2015

On Tue, 29 Sep 2015 17:34:18 +0200
Francis Moreau <francis.moro at gmail.com> wrote:

> sorry forgot the cut&paste ;)
> the command to start the external editor is "urxvt -e emacs-nox %s"

You should not launch a separate emacs for each document you want to
edit. Instead, launch an instance of emacs, and use that as a server.
The client here is emacsclient. Invoke it from clawsmail like so:

emacsclient '%s'

Once upon a time emacs was considered a memory hog ("Eight Megabytes
And Constantly Swapping!"). Emacsclient was the solution in those days,
and I think it is still the preferred one.

Launch an email into emacs with Ctl-Shift-x. Save from time to time as
usual in emacs: Ctl-s. Invoke mail mode as usual, M-x mail-mode. Exit
with Ctl-x #.

I don't know why you use urxvt (I assume it's a variant on rxvt), but
you shouldn't need to. Emacs over x should do just fine.

That may also solve your crashing problem.

Also, it might be a good idea to put the file name indicator inside
single quotes to avoid shell expansion.


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