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bug#9761: proposed list-buffers change -- revert buffer if point is in *

From: Zachary Kanfer
Subject: bug#9761: proposed list-buffers change -- revert buffer if point is in *Buffer List* buffer
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011 14:00:55 -0400

I agree -- less surprising is better. To me, that means *not* moving point when it's called again. It makes it easier for the user to answer the question "what's changed?", which, at least for me, is a common question when I already have a buffer list window open. Would you be in favor of this change if I can use Martin's suggestion so that the behavior is the same no matter if point is in the Buffer List buffer or not?

You are right, though -- the user can call revert-buffer (which is bound to 'g' in Buffer Menu mode) if desired. But for calling `list-buffers', I think that for the vast majority of cases, keeping point where it is is either superior to putting it at the bottom, or just as good. I can't think of too many cases where moving point to the bottom of the buffer is better.


On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM, Chong Yidong <address@hidden> wrote:
Zachary Kanfer <address@hidden> writes:

> The command list-buffers always puts point at the end of the
> buffer. This patch changes the list-buffers command to simply revert
> the buffer if point is inside the *Buffer List* buffer. Since point is
> kept at the same line, the user can more easily see what changes have
> occurred.

This doesn't seem like a good idea.  It is better for `list-buffers' to
behave as unsurprisingly as possible, i.e. regardless of whether it's
called from a buffer list.

After all, the user can always call revert-buffer if that's what's

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