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bug#457: wdired and auto-revert-mode

From: martin rudalics
Subject: bug#457: wdired and auto-revert-mode
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 10:04:09 +0200
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>  > The buffer-modified flag is mostly good enough for buffers visiting
>  > ordinary files, but is hard to keep correct for fancy buffers like
>  > Dired buffers.  Of course, this wasn't so important before
>  > auto-revert-mode existed.
> Yes. And this is also the reason for another, much worse bug which
> makes auto-revert-mode in dired nearly useless:
> If you copy files etc. (what else should you do with dired?), your
> buffer gets buffer-modified-p, which means that auto-reverting doesn't
> take place any more until you revert manually with g.

The buffer-modified status of dired-buffers has no significance: Do
`dired-mark' for some file and undo that via `dired-unmark' or plain
`undo'.  The buffer will remain to appear modified.  Do `dired-unmark'
for some file in a fresh dired buffer.  The buffer will appear modified.
We'd have to specify the semantics of modifiedness for dired buffers
first.  Then we could decide what to do when a directory is modified by
external intervention and autorevert picks up those changes.

OTOH wdired DTRT WRT `undo' and we probably shouldn't let autorevert
interfere with this.


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