Commit 9f528ded authored by Richard M. Stallman's avatar Richard M. Stallman
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(M-x): Minor clarifications

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Every Emacs command has a name that you can use to run it. Commands Every Emacs command has a name that you can use to run it. Commands
that are used often, or that must be quick to type, are also bound to that are used often, or that must be quick to type, are also bound to
keys---short sequences of characters---for convenient use. You can keys---short sequences of characters---for convenient use. You can
run them by name if you don't remember the keys. Other Emacs commands run them by typing the keys, or run them by name if you don't remember
that do not need to be quick are not bound to keys; the only way to the keys. Other Emacs commands that do not need to be quick are not
run them is by name. @xref{Key Bindings}, for the description of bound to keys; the only way to run them is by name. @xref{Key
how to bind commands to keys. Bindings}, for the description of how to bind commands to keys.
By convention, a command name consists of one or more words, By convention, a command name consists of one or more words,
separated by hyphens; for example, @code{auto-fill-mode} or separated by hyphens; for example, @code{auto-fill-mode} or
...@@ -47,9 +47,9 @@ Note that @code{forward-char} is the same command that you invoke with ...@@ -47,9 +47,9 @@ Note that @code{forward-char} is the same command that you invoke with
the key @kbd{C-f}. You can run any Emacs command by name using the key @kbd{C-f}. You can run any Emacs command by name using
@kbd{M-x}, whether or not any keys are bound to it. @kbd{M-x}, whether or not any keys are bound to it.
If you type @kbd{C-g} while the command name is being read, you If you type @kbd{C-g} while the command name is being read, that
cancel the @kbd{M-x} command and get out of the minibuffer, ending up cancels the @kbd{M-x} command and exits the minibuffer, so you end up
at command level. back at command level.
To pass a numeric argument to the command you are invoking with To pass a numeric argument to the command you are invoking with
@kbd{M-x}, specify the numeric argument before the @kbd{M-x}. @kbd{M-x} @kbd{M-x}, specify the numeric argument before the @kbd{M-x}. @kbd{M-x}
...@@ -58,10 +58,11 @@ appears in the prompt while the command name is being read. ...@@ -58,10 +58,11 @@ appears in the prompt while the command name is being read.
@vindex suggest-key-bindings @vindex suggest-key-bindings
If the command you type has a key binding of its own, Emacs mentions If the command you type has a key binding of its own, Emacs mentions
this in the echo area. For example, if you type @kbd{M-x this in the echo area after running the command. For example, if you
forward-word}, the message says that you can run the same command more type @kbd{M-x forward-word}, the message says that you can run the
easily by typing @kbd{M-f}. You can turn off these messages by same command more easily by typing @kbd{M-f}. You can turn off these
setting @code{suggest-key-bindings} to @code{nil}. messages by setting the variable @code{suggest-key-bindings} to
@code{nil}.
Normally, when describing in this manual a command that is run by Normally, when describing in this manual a command that is run by
name, we omit the @key{RET} that is needed to terminate the name. Thus name, we omit the @key{RET} that is needed to terminate the name. Thus
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