Emacs, TRAMP, Ubuntu

This will be old news to experienced Emacs users but I just discovered it. Emacs allows you to edit remote files and by default, uses an FTP implementation named ange-ftp. FTP = plain-text password transmission = bad.

TRAMP is an Emacs extension which allows secure login to edit remote files. It may or may not be bundled with your Emacs distribution. No problem for Ubuntu; just “sudo apt-get install tramp”. Then edit your ~/.emacs to include the line:

(setq tramp-default-method "ssh")

To open a remote file in Emacs, do C-x C-f as usual and enter:

/ssh:user@hostname:/path/to/file

My version is a little buggy in that I get the message “Args out of range 0,0” if I mess with the Emacs window size, so maximise your window and leave it that way if you have the same problem.

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  1. chris

    If, like me, you work on a remote machine that you have to tunnel to, you can first create an ssh tunnel bound to a local port (say 2345), and then:

    /ssh:user@hostname#2345:/path/to/file

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