This manual page documents briefly the emacsclient command. This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the original program does not have a manual page. Instead, it has documentation in the GNU Info format; see below.
emacsclient works in conjunction with the built-in server of Emacs.
You typically does not call emacsclient directly. Instead, you set the environment variable EDITOR to emacsclient and let programs like 'vipw' or 'bug' or anything run it for you, which will use an existing Emacs to visit the file.
For emacsclient to work, you need an already running Emacs with a server. Within Emacs, call the function `server-start'. (Your `.emacs' file can do this automatically if you add the expression `(server-start)' to it.)
When you've finished editing the buffer, type `C-x #' (`server-edit'). This saves the file and sends a message back to the `emacsclient' program telling it to exit. The programs that use `EDITOR' wait for the
The programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-').