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Re: Long buffer names in buffer menu

From: despen
Subject: Re: Long buffer names in buffer menu
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 18:20:25 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

Adam Beneschan <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi,
> I've just started using EMACS 22 on Ubuntu (previously was using 20 on
> another system), and I've run into a frustrating problem...
> When I bring up the electric buffer list, long file names are
> truncated (with : at the end of the name).  This is a problem for me
> since I'm used to using long source file names, and I sometimes work
> with multiple files whose names are different only after the point
> where EMACS truncates them.  So if I'm working with two or more such
> files, the names appear the same in the electric buffer list and I
> don't know which one to select.  I can't find any function that would
> display the full, untruncated buffer name somewhere while remanining
> in the buffer list so that I can pick the correct one.  Is there a
> function like that, or could one be written simply?  (I'm pretty
> experienced at writing my own Lisp functions, so if someone has some
> code for something like this I could get it working.)

I find if I use the arrow key to move into the truncated part of the
line, the buffer list shifts over.

On the other had, ^e doesn't work in the buffer list.  Perhaps you could
add a binding for that.

If the really long names include a bunch of directories, you might try
making symbolic links out of your home directory to the places where
your files are.

Otherwise, I'd say, forget the really long names.  You are just starting
to see the problems they will cause.

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