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Re: & and M-& to run programs asynchronously

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: & and M-& to run programs asynchronously
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 03:33:23 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

> What's the first step to do this pack of features? (See parent).
>   I propose: freeing & key in dired.
>   For that, a new key to flag garbage files in dired has to be found.

I see no better key than moving the current key `&' to the `%' prefix.

This prefix is intended for regexp commands.  And `dired-flag-garbage-files'
is a regexp command: it uses `dired-flag-files-regexp' to flag files
that match `dired-garbage-files-regexp'.

We could even improve the command `dired-flag-garbage-files' to allow the
user to modify its default regexp value in the minibuffer after typing `% &'.

Juri Linkov

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