How to do use C-x k to kill an Emacs buffer opened in server mode?
My solution was to rebind it (well M-w actually) to:
(lambda () (interactive) (if server-buffer-clients (server-edit) (kill-this-buffer)))
[edit: having now read the code for server-edit, it might be better to use server-done (depending on what you want). server-edit will switch you to a server-edited buffer (if any still exist) but server-done will simply switch you to the next buffer. You could also use the output of server-done to see if the buffer was actually killed (not the case if the file was open before invoking emacsclient) and then kill it if not. Or use server-kill-buffer as suggested elsewhere.]
Here is what i put in my .emacs to do this :
(add-hook 'server-switch-hook (lambda () (local-set-key (kbd "C-x k") '(lambda () (interactive) (if server-buffer-clients (server-edit) (ido-kill-buffer))))))
Like this C-x k work the usual way when i'm not finding a file from emacsclient (which for me is ido-kill-buffer), and if i'm using emacsclient, C-x k does server-edit if the client is waiting, or run ido-kill-buffer otherwise (if i used emacsclient -n).
You know, I hate to suggest workarounds instead of a real solution... but after reading the server code, I am confused as to how emacs even determines that a buffer is a server buffer.
With that in mind, why not open up files like:
emacsclient --eval '(find-file "/path/to/file")'
This way emacs doesn't know that your buffer was opened via emacsclient, which sounds like what you really want.
I'm not really happy with this, but it seems to work:
(global-set-key (kbd "C-x k") (lambda () (interactive) (server-kill-buffer (current-buffer))))
Okay, THIS did work for me:
(global-set-key (kbd "C-x k") '(lambda () (interactive) (if server-buffer-clients (server-done) (kill-this-buffer))))
(this is the code from IvanAndrus's answer with the explicit changes from edits and comments, and using jrockway's keybinding.)
And, yes -- I am rebinding a standard keybinding. BUT it's a functional replacement NOT something completely different (eg, replacing kill-ring-save with kill-buffer stuff).
BTW, EmacsWiki has a couple of pages on this topic-- KillKey and KillingBuffer -- neither of which shed better light for me than the above (although the first-function on KillKey also used "server-edit"...).
I am not sure if that will work on windows, but on linux, emacs -daemon is just great. With it, you don't have to run a different program, and your bindings are the same. I guess there are other advantages, but since I could never learn those emacsclient bindings, I never really used it, and can't say.
I don't think -daemon had been released yet, I am using 126.96.36.199 from CVS.