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bug#23642: 24.5; Dired Line Movement, Region Handling

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: bug#23642: 24.5; Dired Line Movement, Region Handling
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:16:35 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1.50 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

>> (I'm not sure if this is actually a bug or not, just because Dired is
>> used so frequently and I assume someone probably would've mentioned it
>> by now. Hopefully this feedback will be helpful anyway)
>> I find myself using the writable feature of Dired rather frequently, but
>> one default of Dired's up/down movement (specifically the shift
>> selection in Transient Mark mode) is difficult to work around. That is,
>> I very often try to hold down shift and proceed down lines to create a
>> region, but this doesn't work by default.
>> I've temporarily solved this by making wrapper functions around
>> `dired-next-line' and `dired-previous-line' that handle the shift
>> selection, but it also works to add an additional "^" argument to the
>> existing "p" in those functions.
>> Thanks! :)
> You are right.  Shift-selection should be supported in WDired by this patch.

Thanks for the suggestion.  Pushed to master.

> BTW, do you think that in WDired it would be more useful to select
> rectangular regions because file names are organized in columns.
> Then, for example, ‘downcase-region’ and ‘upcase-region’ will work
> on the selected regions, not fail are they do now in WDired.

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