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Re: dired mode recursive delete

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: dired mode recursive delete
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2007 07:21:11 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/23.0.51 (gnu/linux)

Juri Linkov <address@hidden> writes:

>>> But advantages of using external commands are numerous: they are
>>> rich of features whose reimplementation in Emacs doesn't sound
>>> reasonable.
>> What use are numerous features in external commands when there is no
>> interface from Emacs to them?
>> I can call external programs as much as I like for solving some
>> Emacs-internal task, but the number of options that I am not going to
>> use is not relevant at all.
> Designing a good interface for using them is a good goal.  For example,
> I imagine that just like some dired commands, when invoked with the prefix
> key, ask for the command switches (`C-u =' asks for diff switches and `C-u s'
> asks for ls switches), in the same way `C-u C' and `C-u R' could ask
> for cp and mv switches and call these commands.

But Emacs can't use external commands for moving and copying non-local
files, anyway, so there is no point in asking for command line options
which Emacs itself does not understand when Emacs will likely not be
able to use a command line.

David Kastrup

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