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Re: isearch multiple buffers

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: isearch multiple buffers
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 12:07:07 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

>     Many Emacs packages already have different ways of specifying a set
>     of buffers.  For instance, buff-menu.el and ibuffer.el use the key `m'
>     to mark a set of buffers, and other keys (like `x', `v') to operate
>     on a set of marked buffers.
> This is making the existing problem worse!  We have so many different
> ways of specifying a set of buffers, and each way corresponds to
> different things you with the set.
> The idea of filesets was to try to unify this -- to have various ways
> of specifying a set, and indepedently, various things you can do with
> a set.  The idea was to have something like the region: there are many
> ways to set it, and many ways to use it.

Filesets are more heavy-weight entities that have names and persist
across Emacs sessions.  OTOH, a set of marked buffers in the buffer list
is more quick to use and is transient that vanishes with killing the
buffer list.

I think we should not require from users using only persistent filesets.
We should provide both tightly integrated, with the buffer list
having commands to turn a transient set of marked buffers into a fileset
and vice versa.

Moreover, I think that all project-like packages (like recently discussed
packages that group a set of files into a project) should use filesets.

Juri Linkov

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