replacing ^M with emacs

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Fri Oct 27 19:42:54 UTC 2006

On 2006-10-27 12:26, Noah <admin2 at> wrote:
> Hi there,
> It appears that a text editor placed a bunch on ^M throughout a text 
> file I am working with.  I assure this is equivalent to eh keystroke 
> control-M.

Open the file in Emacs with:

    M-x find-file-literally RET filename RET

and then replace all ^M occurences with the empty string, with:

    M-x replace-string RET C-q C-m RET RET

The important trick here is that you use C-q to 'quote' the C-m
character in the substitution string :)

> also is there a mail list focused specifically on emacs usability?
> please refer me to it?

There are at least 2 USENET newsgroups where GNU Emacs questions can be


I'm not sure about mailing lists, though.


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