People often claim that Emacs is slower compared to other editors, particularly when using multiple external packages. Personally, I start Emacs in "server-mode" alongside my graphical environment, allowing me to quickly connect to that server later on.
It can be easily done by editing
~/.xinitrc file (this file is being used by
xinit(1) to start the X Window System server and a first client program).
# .xinitrc # ... emacs --daemon # ...
emacs --daemon command starts Emacs as daemon (o rly?), enables Emacs server and disconnects from the terminal.
With server running in the background, we can connect to it with the
emacsclient -c -a ""
To create a new frame, the flag
-c is used. This is particularly useful when Emacs is already open but you don't want to reuse the existing frame.
The second flag,
-a, initiates an alternate editor if the Emacs server is not running. If it's left empty, as in this case, it runs
emacs --daemon and attempts to connect to it.
To make my life easier, I have placed that line in a file named
ec, made it executable, and saved it in a directory within my
PATH (in my case, it is
Now, I can launch the Emacs client just like any other program.