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Re: dired default Feature request

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: dired default Feature request
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2001 16:08:13 -0700 (MST)

I would be worried about using Dired to delete if it would delete a
subdirectory and its contents without asking me.  I would not want to
make that the default.  However, it looks like `top' does something
different--it will ask about the directory I marked for deletion, and
its only effect is not to ask about any subdirs of that directory.
That seems like a reasonable default to me.

There are other alternatives besides that one and the present behavior;
some of them might be good.  This could be one of them:

    Actually, it might be a good idea to have a three-way answer for 'top:
    namely yes/no/ask, or all/yes/no: let the user still have the choice
    at the moment of deletion to decide whether he wants to be asked for
    every subdirectory.

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