How does the process of script creation typically go? You create a file (e.g., you write some code in it, and finally you make the file executable, so you can run it directly (e.g. by typing ./ Turns out that Emacs has one very specific helper for making a script executable, namely the function executable-make-buffer-file-executable-if-script-p.

What the function does is to check if the buffer file has a shebang (e.g. #!/bin/ruby) in it and then it modifies its permissions, if necessary. The function is meant to be used in a hook, most typically after-save-hook:

(add-hook 'after-save-hook

I’ve been using this little trick for ages, and I was reminded of it today when I came across this Prelude issue. I guess in some cases making a file executable automatically might be undesirable, but I’ve never ran into any issues myself.

That’s all I have for you today. Feel free to share other tips for working with scripts in Emacs in the comments. Keep hacking!