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bug#6980: Could goto-char please have its own history list?

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: bug#6980: Could goto-char please have its own history list?
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:52:20 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

>> > I can't see no reason its history should be mixed by something else.
>> > (More than devel historic reasons ;-)
>> It makes sense to share the same history that contains only numeric
>> values between all commands that use `read-number', like
>> e.g. `goto-line' and `goto-char' (with some changes), because
>> non-numeric values (added to the history from other commands)
>> are useless for such number-reading commands.
> I don't have much of an opinion about the suggestion.
> There are always pros & cons to making a history more or less specific.
> But I'll point out that just because non-numeric histories are inappropriate 
> for
> numeric input does not mean that the same numeric history should be used for 
> all
> numeric inputs.

Yes, not all number-reading commands should share the numeric history.

For instance, version-control commands that read a revision number
can also accept non-numeric values like "submit:".  So every case
should be carefully considered on its own.

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