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The shell buffer uses Shell mode, which defines several special keys
attached to the `C-c' prefix. They are chosen to resemble the usual
editing and job control characters present in shells that are not under
Emacs, except that you must type `C-c' first. Here is a complete list
of the special key bindings of Shell mode:
At end of buffer send line as input; otherwise, copy current line
to end of buffer and send it (`comint-send-input'). When a line is
copied, any text at the beginning of the line that matches the
variable `shell-prompt-pattern' is left out; this variable's value
should be a regexp string that matches the prompts that your shell
Complete the command name or file name before point in the shell
buffer (`comint-dynamic-complete'). TAB also completes history
references; see Note: History References.
Display temporarily a list of the possible completions of the file
name before point in the shell buffer
Move to the beginning of the line, but after the prompt if any
Either delete a character or send EOF
(`comint-delchar-or-maybe-eof'). Typed at the end of the shell
buffer, `C-d' sends EOF to the subshell. Typed at any other
position in the buffer, `C-d' deletes a character as usual.
Kill all text pending at end of buffer to be sent as input
Kill a word before point (`backward-kill-word').
Interrupt the shell or its current subjob if any
Stop the shell or its current subjob if any (`comint-stop-subjob').
Send quit signal to the shell or its current subjob if any
Kill the last batch of output from a shell command
(`comint-kill-output'). This is useful if a shell command spews
out lots of output that just gets in the way.
Scroll to display the beginning of the last batch of output at the
top of the window; also move the cursor there
Scroll to put the end of the buffer at the bottom of the window
Move forward across one shell command, but not beyond the current
line (`shell-forward-command'). The variable
`shell-command-regexp' specifies how to recognize the end of a
Move backward across one shell command, but not beyond the current
Ask the shell what its current directory is, so that Emacs can
agree with the shell.
`M-x send-invisible RET TEXT RET'
Send TEXT as input to the shell, after reading it without echoing.
This is useful when a shell command runs a program that asks for
Continue the shell process. This is useful if you accidentally
suspend the shell process.(1)
Shell mode also customizes the paragraph commands so that only shell
promps start new paragraphs. Thus, a paragraph consists of an input
command plus the output that follows it in the buffer.
---------- Footnotes ----------
(1) You should not suspend the shell process. Suspending a subjob
of the shell is a completely different matter-that is normal practice,
but you must use the shell to continue the subjob; this command won't
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