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Re: the division between find-file and switch-to-buffer is old fashioned


From: Dan Jacobson
Subject: Re: the division between find-file and switch-to-buffer is old fashioned
Date: 01 May 2001 07:51:24 +0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.0808 (Gnus v5.8.8) Emacs/20.7

M> Um, you do know that find-file will simply switch to an existing buffer
M> if the file has already been visited ... don't you?

I know, I was more hoping that when the user attempts to switch to a
buffer that he forgot he hadn't created yet, he would be given a
find file prompt instead of assuming the more unlikely case that he
intends to create a specially named scratch buffer.

>>>>> "D" == Dan Jacobson <address@hidden> writes:

D> Just wanted to mention that the division between find-file and
D> switch-to-buffer is old fashioned, one has to remember if one has
D> already found that file yet, and if so one can then use the more
D> convenient switch-to-buffer.  Possible solution directions are, allow
D> switch-to-buffer to also take path names [/ is still / (the only case where
D> a buffer name and a file name would match... no problem)].  But also 
D> probably: if there is no such buffer that the user requests or TAB
D> completes, switch into a filename prompting mode...  [The rare case
D> where a user purposely creates named *scratch* buffers should be
D> needed to be invoked with a special separate command.]
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