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emacs is an extremely powerful, high-functionality, feature-rich text editor. This means that it is a CPU pig, and overly complex.

If you find yourself stuck in this gordian knot CTRL-ALT-META-verse, never fear. Come back to this node, and enter the following simple keystrokes:

  • CTRL-Z
  • ps auxww | grep emacs | awk '{print $2}' | xargs kill -9

There. All fixed!

of course, there's always

C-x C-c


M-x kill-emacs


M-x save-buffers-kill-emacs

also, M-!, followed by the "kill" shell command, above.

or, M-x shell, and again, use the aforementioned shell command, this time in the shell buffer that you just created.

But wouldn't you rather settle down to a nice game of M-x tetris?

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