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[ubuntu] 'emacs' blank files...but 'sudo emacs' works

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I've tried apt-get purging and reinstalling emacs, but if I run: Code: emacs ~/.bashrc I get a blank file (emacs.d) that looks like this: If I run the same command as root: Code: sudo emacs ~/.bashrc I get the correct file that looks like this: I've never understood the buffer thing, but emacs has worked great for me in the past. I don't know why it keeps going to this emacs.d file. Note that this is the same for any file (even new ones), I just used .bashrc for an example. Thanks for the help! P.S. Switching to VI/VIM might work, but let's not try that ;) (Hardware)