Shell-mode gives access to a shell in a normal emacs buffer, meaning you can move around and edit it as usual. A drawback is that you can not launch programs like htop or other ncurses ones.
Look at the menu: you have several key to interact with the shell. Some of them are:
- previous input of command line
- go to beginnig of output (useful when you have a large output and want to read through the beginning)
- go to beginnig of previous output group
- send the C-c command to the shell
To launch a shell in the current buffer, have a look to shell-here: https://github.com/ieure/shell-here (available through ELPA).
If you have bad colors in the output, try using ansi-mode:
(require 'ansi-color) (defun colorize-compilation-buffer () (toggle-read-only) (ansi-color-apply-on-region (point-min) (point-max)) (toggle-read-only)) (add-hook 'compilation-filter-hook 'colorize-compilation-buffer)
You can highlight some text based on regexp (useful to see "OK" or warnings):
(add-hook 'shell-mode-hook (lambda () (highlight-regexp "\\[OK\\]" "hi-green-b")))
Make URLs clikable
(add-hook 'shell-mode-hook (lambda () (goto-address-mode )))
shell-pop to pop up and pop out a shell buffer window easily (installable via ELPA).