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Re: feature addition idea: Info-occur


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: feature addition idea: Info-occur
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 20:20:50 +0300

> From: Dan Jacobson <address@hidden>
> Newsgroups: gnu.emacs.bug
> Date: 19 Apr 2001 09:37:44 +0800
> 
> >>>>> "Eli" == Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
> 
> >> By the way, s and M-s are bound to the same thing which seems wasteful.
> 
> Eli> This is done for a good reason; the Info mode manual (type "C-h i m
> Eli> info RET") explains what it is.
> 
> All I got to was
> File: info.info,  Node: Top

This is an old version of the Info manual, it's not the one
distriobuted with Emacs.  (I'm guessing it's the one from the Texinfo
distribution.)

> Eli> The preferred method of searching the manual efficiently is with the
> Eli> `i' command.  All the important subjects covered by the manual should
> Eli> be indexed, so `i' should land you in the right place pretty quickly.
> Eli> If you ever find a situation where some subject described in a manual
> Eli> could not be reached quickly enough with `i', please report that as a
> Eli> documentation bug (and tell what string(s) did you type at `i's
> Eli> prompt).
> 
> "No index" it says when I tried to search for why s and M-s are bound
> to the same thing, at that point... nobody has made an index for that
> part of Info.

Yes, there's no index for the Info manual (Emacs 21 adds one).  But I
didn't mean to say that you should search info.info with `i'.  I meant
to say that, in general, whenever you search for something in an Info
manual, you should try the `i' command first.  If you do that, the
importance of `s' will be much less than you described.

> Anyways, why are s and M-s are bound to the same thing in info?

It's for compatibility with other GNU packages which use M-s for
similar kind of search command.



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