jueves, 28 de junio de 2018

TIL: dabbrev-expand in zsh

So just by chance I found that M-/ does a kind of dabbrev-expand in zsh.

And it took me a few seconds to realize that shouldn't happen in that context.

Or should it?

What's for sure is this is one of the coolest things you'll learn today about zsh.

domingo, 24 de junio de 2018

emacs-like browsing in firefox and chrome

In this post we'll see how to make ctrl-n work as "next-line" in chrome, firefox, or any other app in your linux box.

Browsing is my only daily computing activity I can't do inside emacs. There are browser extensions that make your browser behave like vim or emacs to a certain extent, which is very useful but they don't give a complete experience to the user (often because of limitations in the browse extension system).

Bear in mind that myself being an evil user and heavy hjkl fan, my configs use j and k sometimes to mean down and up.


Long time ago, there was conkeror. which gave a very emacsy browsing experience, but after the whole change on browser extensions, conkeror is a feasible option anymore.  The same happened to keysnail. There were also some nifty hacks using mozrepl, which are long gone now.


The plugin is originally thought to give vim-like experience to chrome/firefox, but there's no reason you can't add shortcuts like "m-<" for "beginning-of-buffer" command.

Here's my config. Custom mappings:

Btw, pay attention to c-j and c-k. that's basically to be able to use j and k somehow in sites that override them (github, gmail). Also, note that we have a custom mapping for c-n and another for c-p, but unfortunately they do not work because those shortcuts are catched by the browser application before it arrives to the plugin.


This should be in your ~/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini :
With this you're allowing basic movements in address bar, search boxes, and input forms and text areas.


Yep, this is the tricky one. Both firefox and chrome take over ctrl-n, so you can't remap them and they always open a new window. Same happens with c-p showing the printing dialog. The trick then is to take over it ourselves going at Window manager level :).

In my case, I'm using ratpoison wm, so some of the commands used here won't work in your window manager, but you can find your way around using xdotool Look at this link for more info.

So we need 3 things:
  • - A way to guess which window is active (ratpoison -c "info") 
  • - A way to capture a keystroke (ratpoison's "definekey top" ) 
  • - A way to send an arbitrary keystroke to the active window. (ratpoison's "meta")
With these 3 capabilities, easy peasy:
It's dead simple, but I didn't write this till this week, and it's already made a huge difference in removing friction using firefox for me.


If you write long texts in text areas, you probably want to check atomic-chrome with ghost-text.

Also, mooz, the author of keysnail is now working in a generalized solution for what I just explained for C-n, using python (and requires root privileges) called xkeysnail. It appears to be very powerful and super customizable. Also, windowmanager agnostic, so you should probably give xkeysnail a try.

Also, /u/attrigh suggests giving next browser a try. Written in Common Lisp, built using webkit, and with a much richer experience than all those hacks put together.  I haven't tried it yet, but it's worth looking at in the near future.

sábado, 12 de mayo de 2018

Lisp recent threads

Lately, some articles on Lisp appeared in my usual websites.

Here's a HN thread where you can see the usual lispers enlightening other people about why Common Lisp is a very special beast.  DR Christian Shafmeister (CLASP) gives masterclasses in every post. Don't miss any :). There's some mention to those charts, where lisp shows as one of the both fastest and cheapest languages (after the ones that are specifically built to be superfast or efficient, while being more flexible than both)

Beautiful Racket, another hn post about the book.

Cloe lang. Apparently a heavily concurrent lisp.

extramaze, is built with racket, and the post shows some tricks used there.

Some CL macros?

Insightful post about starting a project in CL (going from repl to a project). Specially cool comment on tooling.

And as a bonus, RMS talking about his story with lisps. Very nice read also

I think I miss CL ... (...said while installing sbcl....)

bitmasking basic readings

So lately I've been exposed to using bitmasking for several tasks, and it's a cool and niche enough topic so that I delved a bit into it.

Appart from datastructures that depend on bit indexing like persistent datastructures, bit trees, bloom/cuckoo filters or others,  there's the concept of "plain" bit masking to optimize bookkeeping of a set of numbers (they can be indices of an array) in one big number.

Here are some examples of them:

martes, 8 de mayo de 2018

an advanced jq slideshow

So I found this advanced slideshow about jq (a tool you wanna have in your toolbox), and felt like sharing it here.

domingo, 6 de mayo de 2018

TIL elisp has iterators

So I was reading the Gnu/Emacs mail list and saw this thread where there's some good discussion about destructively modifying a recursive structure (as every structure, right?) in elisp.

All proposed solutions have something worth reading and understanding, but there's one that caught my attention. It uses cl-loop and generators. Yep, like python's ones, but in elisp.

I didn't even know that elisp had this magic in loop (as CL doesn't have it, and you have to make iterators yourself as closures called in `for' clauses.

So yep, the code is (as usual) only elisp and ready to be explored (and be enlightened with).  pcase and CPS used in real world. Also, nice to see in the end of the file where it wrestles itself into elisp itself and into emacs (even it adds syntax highlight for it).

Very good Sunday afternoon read (I just don't understand everything on it yet...)

Thanks to Daniel Colascione again for providing inspiring gems one more time :)

lunes, 30 de abril de 2018

bootstrap your emacs lisp learning

So every now and then there's someone asking in /r/emacs about learning elisp. And I always answer with the same solution that I'm now posting here to avoid copypasting the whole thing every time.

In an attempt to give bootstrapped solution, t-shirt sized, and that is both a fish,  a fishing lesson and a fishing rod, this is what I came with.
  • Type c-h k c-h k and read.
  • Type c-h k c-h f and read.
  • With the previous tools, try to understand the following:
    (defun foo ()
        (insert ";")))
    (global-set-key (kbd "C-c ;") 'foo)
  • Select the whole snippet and type m-x eval-region.
  • Type c-c ; .
  • Try to understand what just happened.

jueves, 26 de abril de 2018

It's like copy-paste, but reversed

So browsing this reddit thread I felt again like when I discovered the "undo in selection".

So you can mark a point in an emacs buffer as the destination of all your future inserts, copys and pastes.  And of course, this comes by default, because why not :).

domingo, 1 de abril de 2018


Cloudflare announcing their dns, and me reading this text about what and why of dns.

EDIT: more stuff on dns appearing in hn

miércoles, 28 de marzo de 2018

nice, no-bullshit, senior docs

So I've been reviewing some old documents and blogs and found some new ones.

Things that just make sense, that are full of common sense, and ask for common sense.

- Antirez's youtube channel. Very mamma mia.
- Norvig's lisp style book
- Joel on software. Worth every word
- Patterns and antipatterns of APL.
- The Art of Unix Programming. ESR.
- Patterns of software. Dick Gabriel's one, not the GoF's one.
- Some HN thread with good links about system dynamics.
- Christopher Alexander a city is not a tree 

miércoles, 21 de marzo de 2018

TIL: no more git clone

I knew about suffix aliases but usually don't need them because my launchers already use xdo-open. But I came out with this, and feel that it has a twist:
alias -s git="git clone"
It makes github links more copypasteable.

domingo, 18 de marzo de 2018

fixing indentation of lua (busted) in emacs. A nasty hack

In general, indentation is not an issue in emacs.

But there are some exceptions.  For example, in Lua, one of the de facto testing libraries is busted, which tries to mimick rspec in many aspects.

A typical busted test looks like this:
Lua mode tends to indent code in a very lisp-y way (which I personally like) by aligning parameters to the same function using as a "starting point" the offset of the first parameter.  In this case, there's also an opened function that gets indented in addition to that base column.
This is unacceptable in most codebases, so I had to write some hack for those particular cases.

As the indentation code for lua-mode is quite complex and this is an exception to the general rule, I wrote this very ugly hack, that seems to solve my problem at hand.
As with all defadvice uses, it looks like a hack because it is a big ugly hack, but at least it lets me deal with it, and move on with my tasks without manually reindenting stuff.

Another +1 for emacs hackability :)

domingo, 25 de febrero de 2018

SF emacs meetup

This week I attended an emacs meetup in SF just by pure chance. I was browsing /r/emacs and there was a comment about the meetup. I found about it just the day before the event.

Being the first time I'm in San Francisco, and the fact that I'll be around just for a couple of weeks (for my new job), it makes it even more surprising that  I was able to go.

We were about 15 people, most from the bay area, and I think myself I was the only foreigner. The meetup topic was "a few of our favourite emacs modes", which unlocked the possibility to talk about helm-dash (not that it's my favourite mode, but is the one I wrote (and I also find it quite helpful)).

So I volunteered and gave a really quick intro to helm-dash.

Others talked about evil, magit, pynt, multiple-cursors (that was nuts!), git-timemachine, use-package, and probably some more that I already forgot.

My discoveries were:

- evil can easily create new text objects.
- learn to use multiple cursors (although I prefer vim's substitutions, mc work better for multiline "macros", and give you more visual feedback than emacs macros)
- pynt and emacs-ipython-notebook . If I ever do python again, I should remember that.
- use-package has more options that one usually thinks. RTFM
- ggtags is worth looking at if your language is not supported by etags/ctags.
- hydra red/blue modes.

Lots of fun during a couple of hours talking about tooling and worfklows with random techies.See you next time I'm around.

sábado, 27 de enero de 2018

2 ways to anchor a regex in elisp

This one I just learnt reading a PR in the melpa repo.

Usually we use ^ and $ to match the beginning and end of the line when dealing with regular expressions.

But, the same way we have \A and \z in ruby , in elisp manual: elisp regex backslash explains there is \` and \'  (that would be written \\` and \\' inside your regex string) to anchor the regex match to the beginning and end of the string or buffer. While $ matches end of the line, so "hello$" will match "hello\ngoodbye", while "hello\\'" will not.

jueves, 25 de enero de 2018

make vlc fit fullscreen window

It's an annoying thing but I was already getting used to it: VLC scales its window strangely (using ratpoison window manager), and I always have to split and 'unsplit' the frame it's in, so it adapts its proportions to the enclosing frame.

But here is the solution: 

Try this...(note: this was written using VLC 2.0.5, but it should also apply to 2.0.7)

  1. In VLC, click ToolsPreferences
  2. In the bottom left, for "Show Settings", click Simple (it might already be selected).
  3. At the top left, make sure "Interface" is selected (it should be).
  4. On the right side, for "Look & Feel", uncheck...
    • [ ] Resize interface to video size
    ...you may also wanna check (or it might already be checked)...
    • [■] Integrate video in interface
  5. Click Save
  6. Manually re-size the VLC window to the size you want.
  7. Close VLC to commit the pref change & window resize.
  8. Run VLC, play some files & report if that's what you want.

It might be useful to my future self, and as I'm not sure where vlc saves its config, I might have to redo it in my future installs. (FYI, the config is saved in ~/.config/vlc/vlcrc, and the info is there, so just carry that file with your dotfiles and you should be fine).