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Re: save-excursion doesn't save point?

From: Paul Stoeber
Subject: Re: save-excursion doesn't save point?
Date: Sat, 8 Jun 2002 09:28:43 +0200
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On Sat, Jun 08, 2002 at 07:01:30AM +0000, Miles Bader wrote:
> address@hidden (Paul Stoeber) writes:
> > ;; Point has changed, but shuffle-lines has only one body form, which
> > ;; is a save-excursion form.  Is that supposed to happen?
> Yes.
> save-excursion doesn't work by saving a character number, but setting a
> marker at the old point-location, and restoring to the marker later.
> If you insert or delete text adjacent to a marker, it will end up shoved
> to one side or the other -- and transpose-lines works by deleting and
> inserting.
> -Miles
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Thank you very much.

I use shuffle-lines to shuffle my music playlist.
It could be generally useful.  Emacs already has shuffle-vector.

(defun shuffle-lines (beg end)
  "Randomly permute lines in region (all permutations equally likely)."
  (interactive "r")
  (let ((pt (point)) (mk (mark)) (n (count-lines beg end)))
    (goto-char beg)
    (while (> n 1)
      (let ((r (random n)))
        (if (zerop r);; special case for transpose-lines
          (set-mark (point))
          (next-line r)
          (transpose-lines 0)))
      (next-line 1)
      (setq n (1- n)))
    (goto-char pt)
    (set-mark mk)))


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