GNU Emacs Manual. Node: Lossage

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28.9: Dealing with Emacs Trouble

This section describes various conditions in which Emacs fails to work normally, and how to recognize them and correct them.

  • DEL Gets Help What to do if DEL doesn't delete.
  • Stuck Recursive `[...]' in mode line around the parentheses.
  • Screen Garbled Garbage on the screen.
  • Text Garbled Garbage in the text.
  • Unasked-for Search Spontaneous entry to incremental search.
  • Memory Full How to cope when you run out of memory.
  • After a Crash Recovering editing in an Emacs session that crashed.
  • Emergency Escape Emergency escape--- What to do if Emacs stops responding.
  • Total Frustration When you are at your wits' end.
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