I am a heavy Emacs users. I'm surprised there isn't any documentation about this in this wiki, but better late than ever, as they say.


My Emacs configuration has finally been sanitized and published online, see my emacs-d git repository for details.


The original reason why I setup this page is to document the packages I use. I have little trust in the Emacs packaging system: there are no cryptographic signatures in package archives so no trust path between users and developers. When I discussed this in the Emacs community, it became apparent the only solution to my problem, short term, was to use the Debian packaging infrastructure instead. This has the advantage of automating but possibly also delegating maintenance of those packages.

Here's the list of packages I currently use.

Package Emacs Debian Description
anzu 0.62 0.62-2 Show number of matches in mode-line while searching
atomic-chrome 2.0.0 #909336 Edit Chrome text area with Emacs using Atomic Chrome
auto-dictionary 1.1 1.1-1 automatic dictionary switcher for flyspell
company 0.9.6 0.9.6-1 Modular text completion framework
company-go 20170907 20170907-3 company-mode backend for Go (using gocode)
crux 0.3.0 #909337 A Collection of Ridiculously Useful eXtensions
dictionary 1.10 1.10-3 Client for rfc2229 dictionary servers
ein 0.14.1 None Emacs IPython Notebook
elpy 1.24.0 1.24.0-1 Emacs Python Development Environment
gnus-alias 20150316.42 None an alternative to gnus-posting-styles
go-mode 1.5.0 3:1.5.0-2 Major mode for the Go programming language
ledger 20180826.243 3.1.2~pre1+g3a00e1c+dfsg1-5 command-line double-entry accounting program (emacs interface)
magit 2.13.0 2.13.0-3 A Git porcelain inside Emacs.
markdown-mode 2.3 2.3+154-1 Major mode for Markdown-formatted text
markdown-toc 0.1.2 #861128 A simple TOC generator for markdown file
multiple-cursors 1.4.0 #861127 Multiple cursors for Emacs.
notmuch 0.27 0.27-3 run notmuch within emacs
org None 9.1.14+dfsg-3 Keep notes, maintain ToDo lists, and do project planning in emacs
rainbow-mode 1.0.1 1.0.1-1 Colorize color names in buffers
solarized-theme 1.2.2 1.2.2-3 The Solarized color theme, ported to Emacs.
use-package 2.3 2.3+repack-2 A use-package declaration for simplifying your .emacs
webpaste 2.1.0 None Paste to pastebin-like services
writegood-mode 2.0.3 2.0.3-1 Polish up poor writing on the fly
writeroom-mode 3.7 #861124 Minor mode for distraction-free writing
yasnippet 0.13.0 0.13.0-2 Yet another snippet extension for Emacs.

The above was automatically generated using check-emacs-packages with some manual modifications for packages on the main ELPA archive (as opposed to MELPA, which is surprisingly rare). To feed the list of packages into the script, I used this mighty pipeline:

check-emacs-packages $( ( grep '^(use-package' ~/.emacs | sed 's/.* //' ; \
grep -A2 packages ~/.emacs-custom  | tail -1 | sed 's/[()]//g;s/ /\n/g' ) \
| sort -u )

Some packages are edited by hand:

This might be part of an override file instead of having to hand-craft this...

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