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Re: dired should clear marks after most operations, or something


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: dired should clear marks after most operations, or something
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 13:06:44 +0200

On 12 Apr 2001, Dan Jacobson wrote:

> >>>>> "Michael" == Michael John Downes <address@hidden> writes:
> 
> Michael> If I thought I were extraordinarily much more blunder-prone than most
> Michael> users I would say "my problem" and not send a bug report. But if
> Michael> something like this can happen to me through a moment of inattention
> Michael> then I think it is probably happening to a lot of other users as 
> well.
> Michael> Therefore, I think that persistent dired marks should not be the 
> default
> Michael> dired behavior, although they could be an option for power users.
> 
> Yes, I second this, as I have daily near misses due to unseen leftover
> lurking dired marks.

Removing the marks by default would be wrong IMHO, if you indeed want to 
perform more than a single operation: marking those files could have 
taken lots of labor.

How about an optional feature whereby Emacs will ask for confirmation and 
show the list of affected files, just like it does with deletion?

Btw, I don't understand why didn't you use Dired's deletion instead of 
"rm -rf".  You could have used the dired-recursive-deletes option to do 
it recursively, couldn't you?



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