I recently moved from a well-configured Ubuntu to Mac. I used Emacs for many years but I am too lazy to re-install it (and re-configure it). One of the useful features in Emacs shell is that you can simply move the cursor around the output text using the arrow keys, select and edit - as if it was a standard text editor.

Is there any terminal with that feature in OS X? I have tried iTerm2, which supports smart search and selections, but I couldn't find exactly what I want - some keyboard-shortcut that will turn the current tab into "text editor" mode.

Editing the text is not important - I just want to be able to select text without touching the mouse, i.e. by moving the cursor around using the arrow keys (left, right, up, down), and select by holding shift. Yes, I know about the great ... | pbcopy trick - it's awesome in other use cases.

  • EMACS is already installed on OS X, and your old EMACS configuration files should port without too many problems. I think that to get what you want you'd have to use EMACS, I don't think that terminal emulators will do what you want. – Ɱark Ƭ Feb 19 '16 at 12:45
  • I think it's time to move on... – Oren Feb 19 '16 at 16:46
  • Or install OS X 10.4 :) It actually did have a keyboard selection mode in its Terminal. – calum_b Feb 19 '16 at 18:13
  • Really? And they removed it later? I am using 10.10.5. – Oren Feb 20 '16 at 12:54
  • Install aquamacs.org and use Emacs shell mode. – nohillside Feb 21 '16 at 18:34

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