Getting Started with Spacemacs



yay -S adobe-source-code-pro-fonts

clone spacemacs repo and use develop branch

git clone ~/.emacs.d -b develop

clone zilongshanren layer and checkout develop branch

git clone ~/.spacemacs.d/
[yanboyang713@boyang ~]$ gpg --homedir ~/.emacs.d/elpa/gnupg --receive-keys 066DAFCB81E42C40
gpg: key 066DAFCB81E42C40: "GNU ELPA Signing Agent (2019) <>" not changed
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:              unchanged: 1

Day 11

Topic: Spacemacs introduction and installation

Why Spacemacs?

You have your own Emacs configuration and you have used it for a long time. My suggest: Try Spacemacs, use it and learn from it. Then consider to use Spacemacs daily or stick to your own Emacs config. It’s a bundle of meta configs, it’s very easy to add/remove features & packages. The default package system is poor. It’s very friendly for Vim users.(I’m not sure whether normal Emacs users like it or not.) But I know some people also use Emacs and Hybrid editing style. It’s has a very nice UI(spaceline) and very active community. I know spaceline has some nasty bugs, but I still can’t resist to use it… it’s beautiful.

Start to use Spacemacs today

Installation choose editing style, I choose Vim choose completion style, helm or ivy. We choose ivy and helm. choose distribution, spacemacs or spacemacs-base make your configs in .spacemacs.d folder and use Github to management it Add some built-in layers better defaults osx github git color markdown org javascript

little tweak fullscreen Exclude some unwanted packages evil-lisp-state spray doc-view lorem-ipsum

Easy way to Add packages with default package settings Add your own configs in user-config (Port the previous configs to Spacemacs) Fix helm tramp mode issue

(setq tramp-ssh-controlmaster-options "-o ControlMaster=auto -o ControlPath='tramp.%%C' -o ControlPersist=no")

Make customize-group configs in its own file

(setq custom-file (expand-file-name "custom.el" dotspacemacs-directory))
(load custom-file 'no-error 'no-message)


Read the docs and Use Spacemacs every day!

Spacemacs Config

Find the ~/.spacemacs file by pressing SPC f e d

day 12

Creating a Spacemacs Layer

  1. Create a new Spacemacs layer.
M-x configuration-layer/create-layer
  1. Configuration layer path. This will then give you the option of where to place the layer, but you can just use the default of **.spacemacs.d/layers/
  2. Name of the layer.
  3. Creating readme file or not.

Day 13

Topic: More tweaks of your own layers

Fix ivy 0.8 issues post-init and pre-init location: builtin, elpa and github


(gulpjs :location (recipe :fetcher github :repo "zilongshanren/emacs-gulpjs"))

(defun zilongshanren/init-gulpjs()
(use-package gulpjs


Day 14

Topic: File and Buffer operations

** Talk the difference between the configs of mine and spacemacs

** File related operations

  1. =SPC p f= (find a file in current project, it looks like the Ctrl-p plugin in Vim)

I also do some hacks to enhance the =SPC p f=

#+BEGIN_SRC emacs-lisp (defun zilongshanren/open-file-with-projectile-or-counsel-git () (interactive) (if (zilongshanren/vcs-project-root) (counsel-git) (if (projectile-project-p) (projectile-find-file) (ido-find-file)))) #+END_SRC

If it is in a Git repository, I use =counsel-git= to find file. Why not projectile? Becuase I think ivy-mode is much faster. If it is in a proctile project, say it has a =.projectile= file in your project’s root. Otherwise, you =ido-find-file=

  1. =SPC f f= to find a file start from the current directory

  2. =SPC f L= find the file across the whole Mac system

  3. =SPC f l= find file literally(I also enhance this func with ffap)

  4. =SPC f h= find file in hex mode(I also enhance this func with ffap)

  5. =SPC f o= open with external program

  6. =SPC f E= sudo edit

  7. =SPC f D= delete current file and buffer

  8. =SPC f j= open the current file’s dired mode

  9. =SPC f r= find the recent file with ivy

  10. =SPC f R= rename the current file

  11. =SPC f v= add local variables

  12. =SPC f y= yank current buffer’s full path

  13. =SPC f a d= find the current visited directory with fasd.

  14. =SPC f C d/u= convert file encoding between unix and dos

  15. =SPC f e d= find the .spacemacs/.spacemacs.d/init.el file

  16. =SPC f e i= find the .emacs/.emacs.d/init.el init file

  17. =SPC f e l= helm locate library file

  18. =SPC f c= copy file

  19. =SPC f b= show bookmarks

  20. =SPC f s/S= save buffers

** buffer related operations

  1. =SPC b .= buffer micro state (hydra)
  2. =SPC b b= switch buffers, i rebind it to =ivy-switch-buffer=, because I could see recent use file in buffer
  3. =SPC b d= kill a buffer
  4. =SPC b f= find buffer file in finder
  5. =SPC b B/i= I bind it to ibuffer
  6. =SPC b h= go to home
  7. =SPC b k= kill matching buffers
  8. =SPC b N= new empty buffer
  9. =SPC b m= kill others
  10. =SPC b R= safe revert buffer
  11. =SPC b s= switch to scratch buffer
  12. =SPC b w= toggle buffer read-only
  13. =SPC b Y= copy the whole buffer to clipboard, the content could be used in other programs
  14. =SPC b P= paste to the whole buffer
  15. =SPC = switch between the current buffer and the last opened buffer

** Sometimes I also use the =Dired= mode to do all the files operations I think I have talked about it in the previous videos.

** Happy hacking!