The IDLWAVE shell can be started with the command M-x
idlwave-mode the function is bound to
C-c C-s. It creates a buffer *idl* which is used to
interact with the shell. If the shell is already running, C-c
C-s will simply switch to the shell buffer. The command C-c
idlwave-shell-recenter-shell-window) displays the shell
window without selecting it. The shell can also be started
automatically when another command tries to send a command to it. To
enable auto start, set the variable
In order to create a separate frame for the IDLWAVE shell buffer, call
idlwave-shell with a prefix argument: C-u C-c C-s or
C-u C-c C-l. If you always want a dedicated frame for the shell
window, configure the variable
To launch a quick IDLWAVE shell directly from a shell prompt without an IDLWAVE buffer (e.g., as a replacement for running inside an xterm), define a system alias with the following content:
emacs -geometry 80x32 -eval "(idlwave-shell 'quick)"
Replace the ‘-geometry 80x32’ option with ‘-nw’ if you prefer the Emacs process to run directly inside the terminal window.
To use IDLWAVE with ENVI or other custom packages which change the
‘IDL> ’ prompt, you must change the
idlwave-shell-prompt-pattern, which defaults to ‘"^ ?IDL>
"’. Normally, you can just replace the ‘IDL’ in this expression
with the prompt you see. A suitable pattern which matches the prompt
for both ENVI and IDL simultaneously is ‘"^ ?\\(ENVI\\|IDL\\)> "’.
A list of command line options for calling the IDL program.
nilmeans attempt to invoke idlwave-shell if not already running.
Initial commands, separated by newlines, to send to IDL.
nilmeans preserve command history between sessions.
The file in which the command history of the idlwave shell is saved. Unless it's an absolute path, it goes in
nilmeans IDLWAVE should use a special frame to display the shell buffer.
nilmeans use a dedicated window for the shell, taking care not it replace it with other buffers.
The frame parameters for a dedicated idlwave-shell frame.
nilmeans `idlwave-shell' raises the frame showing the shell window.
The prefix for temporary IDL files used when compiling regions.