To install this package, run in Emacs:
M-x package-install RET shelisp RET
Comint process (likely shell-mode) can write out Emacs Lisp expressions and have them executed. When the shell process writes out a string of the form: \e_#EMACS# elisp-expr \a Where, "elisp-expr" is a valid elisp expression. The elisp expression is executed as if you had invoked the function within Emacs itself. The elisp expression may include a call to the function `f' which will expand the filename parameter into an appropriate filename for Emacs using the appropriate Tramp prefix if necessary. This script also defines an Alist variable that creates shell commands and the `printf'-style format to generate the full elisp expression with command parameters substituted into the command. A function is placed in the `shell-mode-hook' to actually create the shell functions and aliases to format the elisp expressions and embed them in an escape sequence so that they are detected and executed. In most usage this mode merely allows you to type "e filename" rather than "C-x C-f filename" which isn't much of a savings. However, with this mode enabled, you can write shell scripts to invoke Emacs Lisp functions. But beware, the shell script will not wait for completion of the elisp expression, nor return anything back (see ToDo's below). INSTALLATION After installing this package from ELPA, you must add the following to your Emacs initialization script: (add-hook 'shell-mode-hook #'shelisp-mode) TO DOs: * Provide a security feature that prompts the Emacs user to approve * the execution of any elisp expressions submitted thru the shelisp * escape sequence. * Support `term-mode' like `shell-mode' * Provide support for creation of shell commands for command shells other than bash -- csh, tcsh, zsh, ksh, ash, dash, fish, mosh, sh. Support for non-Linux shells is left as an exercise for a masochistic hacker. * Implement a wait for completion facility similar to `emacsclient' or the work done in `with-editor' with the "sleeping editor." That is, pause the shell activity with a long sleep, until C-c C-c or C-c C-k is typed in Emacs and the caller is awoken with a signal. KNOWN BUGS The simplistic implementation of the shell functions will not properly handle filenames containing double quote characters (\") nor backslashes (\\). While this is an error, it does not represent a significant limitation in the implementation. The caller can properly add backslashes to the filename string before passing it to printf to generate the elisp expression. In the end, the purpose is to create a valid elisp expression string.