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bug#6774: Cut and paste with C-w/mouse-2 not working?

From: David De La Harpe Golden
Subject: bug#6774: Cut and paste with C-w/mouse-2 not working?
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2010 22:05:25 +0100
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On 06/08/10 16:28, Chong Yidong wrote:

The main question in my mind is this: for active
regions made with C-SPC, as opposed to shift-selection or mouse
dragging, do we want mere cursor motion to update the selection?  (There
is nothing analogous in other programs.)

I think the best answer is no.

Well, select-active-regions was introduced (though not made default) rather before the ^-type shift-selection appeared AFAIK. From my perspective, it would be breaking something that was largely working as initially intended and (unlike with the general defaults change) not giving the option of having it work the way it did* anymore (well, apart from patching it in locally, I'm hardly incapable of doing that).

If you do choose to go that route, at least consider making c-spc active regions and shift/mouse active regions visually distinct, so the differing selection behaviour is less surprising (not how the secondary selection is presented in a different color in emacs, for example) - I mean, that was historically an annoyance with mouse selection, its interaction with x11 selection and the kill-ring was significantly different to keyboard selection, despite the similar presentation.

* or at least, as it did, only with several now-known outstanding issues fixed, of course.

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