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Re: & and M-& to run programs asynchronously

From: Daniel Clemente
Subject: Re: & and M-& to run programs asynchronously
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 02:24:21 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.2 (gnu/linux)

Juri Linkov <address@hidden> writes:

>> Let's leave this for after the release.
> There is no hurry with this, so we could install only a new command
> without a keybinding, or postpone everything for after the release.

  I see that the new behaviour for & in dired was added. Could the 
documentation for ! (dired-do-shell-command) mention the way of executing a 
command in background? I think this is important because it is not obvious.

  I attach the proposed change; please improve the wording as needed..

--- dired-aux.el        14 ago 2008 20:56:23 +0200      1.179
+++ dired-aux.el        18 ago 2008 02:13:41 +0200      
@@ -551,6 +551,10 @@
 there's no telling what files COMMAND may have changed.
 Type \\[dired-do-redisplay] to redisplay the marked files.
+Emacs will block until the command ends. To execute the command
+in background, add `&' to the end of COMMAND, or use
+\\[dired-do-async-shell-command] instead.
 When COMMAND runs, its working directory is the top-level directory of
 the Dired buffer, so output files usually are created there instead of
 in a subdir.

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