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bug#8180: 24.0.50; verbose, confusing y-or-n-p prompts in `find-file-no-


From: Lars Ingebrigtsen
Subject: bug#8180: 24.0.50; verbose, confusing y-or-n-p prompts in `find-file-no-select'
Date: Sun, 01 May 2016 19:59:01 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1.50 (gnu/linux)

"Drew Adams" <address@hidden> writes:

> The annoying dialog you get uses multiple lines of text (6!) to prompt
> in the minibuffer (or in a popup, depending on how you invoke the
> function) for a y-or-n answer.  The prompt text is *far* too long and
> pretty much incomprehensible to an average user.  This is the `y-or-n-p'
> prompt (including its line breaks):
>
> "The file maybe-a-very-long-file-name.jpg is already visited literally,
> meaning no coding system decoding, format conversion, or local variables.
> You have asked to visit it normally,
> but Emacs can only visit a file in one way at a time.
>
> Do you want to revisit the file normally now? (y or n) "
>
> That is _ridiculously_ long and confusing.  It is horribly user
> unfriendly.  `find-file-noselect' is now filled to the gills with such
> gobbledygook prompts, each more twisted and verbose than the next.

I don't think it's gobbledygook.  You only get a prompt like that if
you've previously visited a file literally, and then you probably know
what that is, because just about the only way to get such a buffer is by
using the `M-x find-file-literally' command.

So I don't see anything to fix here.  Closing.

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