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bug#739: Suggested small functions to plug symmetry gaps

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: bug#739: Suggested small functions to plug symmetry gaps
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 13:51:06 +0100 (BST)
User-agent: Alpine 1.00 (DEB 882 2007-12-20)


I have a couple of functions in my ~/.emacs that are useful, tiny, and plug obvious "symmetry gaps" in the standard functions. They're not even original; one at least has been discussed on the list before.

For simple.el:

(defun goto-column (n)
  "Goto column COLUMN, counting from column 1 at beginning of line."
  (interactive "nGoto column: ")
  (move-to-column n))

For rect.el:

(defun copy-rectangle-as-kill (start end)
  "Copy the region-rectangle and save it as the last killed one."
  (interactive "r")
  (setq killed-rectangle (extract-rectangle start end)))

goto-column fills an obvious gap left between goto-char and goto-line, while copy-rectangle-as-kill mirrors copy-region-as-kill (and has been requested and suggested before on more than one Emacs mailing list).

Is there some reason not to put these functions in Emacs? I'd be happy to supply the other obvious missing part (documentation for the manual) if that helped.

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