Category “Emacs Lisp” — 14 articles

The previous article about M-x mailq has raised several mails asking me details about the Postfix setup I’m talking about. The problem we’re trying to solve is having a local MTA to send mails, so that any old-style Unix tool just works, instead of only the MUA you’ve spent time setting up. Postfix makes it possible to do that quite easily, but it gets a little more involved if you have more than one relayhost that you want to use depending on your current From address.

Nowadays, most people would think that email is something simple, you just setup your preferred client (that’s called a MUA) with some information such as the smtp host you want it to talk to (that’s call a MTA and this one is your relayhost). Then there’s all the receiving mails part, and that’s smtp again on the server side. Then there’s how to get those mail, read them, flag them, manage them, and that’s better served by IMAP.

Yes, that’s another el-get related entry. It seems to take a lot of my attention these days. After having setup the git repository so that you can update el-get from within itself (so that it’s self-contained), the next logical step is providing recipes. By that I mean that el-get-sources entries will certainly look a lot alike between a user and another. Let’s take the el-get entry itself: (:name el-get :type git :url "git://github.

If you don’t know about ClusterSSH, it’s a project that builds on M-x term and ssh to offer a nice and simple way to open remote terminals. It’s available in ELPA and developed at github cssh repository. The default binding is C-= and asks for the name of the server to connect to, in the minibuffer, with completion. The host list used for the completion comes from tramp and is pretty complete, all the more if you’ve setup ~/.

Now you know what piece of software is used to publish this blog. I really like it, the major mode makes it a great experience to be using this tool, and the fact that you produce the HTML and rsync it all from within Emacs ( C-c C-p then C-c C-r with some easy elisp code) is a big advantage as far as I’m concerned. No need to resort to shell and Makefile.

Dimitri Fontaine

PostgreSQL Major Contributor

Open Source Software Engineer