Some commands (usually those used most frequently) are bound to key combinations or key sequences, which means that fewer keystrokes are necessary to execute these commands. Other commands must be invoked explicitly, using
It is also possible to execute shell commands from within the editor. See Running shell commands.
Allows the user to type in a command name explicitly. Any editor command can be invoked in this way, and this is the usual method of invoking a command that is not bound to any key sequence. Any prefix argument is passed to the command that is invoked.
It is not generally necessary to type in the whole of a command to be executed. Completion (using
Tab) can be used after the first part of the command has been typed.
LispWorks Editor User Guide (Unix version) - 9 Dec 2014