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bug#24577: 25.1; Proposal to improve C-u C-h c behavior

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#24577: 25.1; Proposal to improve C-u C-h c behavior
Date: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:54:38 +0300

> From: Ivan Shmakov <address@hidden>
> Date: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:40:40 +0000
> Cc: Dmitri Paduchikh <address@hidden>
> >>>>> Dmitri Paduchikh <address@hidden> writes:
>  > C-u C-h c does not work in read-only buffers.  And even if the buffer
>  > is writable it's rarely an appropriate place to insert info about key
>  > bindings.  I think it would be better if C-u C-h c placed its output
>  > into kill ring and printed it in the echo area instead of the current
>  > behavior.
>       I believe that this behavior is a common idiom in Emacs.
>       For example, M-! date RET shows the current date and time in
>       echo area, while C-u M-! date RET inserts it at point – with
>       both actions making sense depending on the situation.
>       I guess C-u C-h c behavior is mainly useful when writing about
>       Emacs itself (including writing bug reports, or conversing on
>       IRC, etc.), but I can easily see it being handy nevertheless.
>       Also, for read-only buffers, one can use C-h c without C-u, and
>       then copy the result from the *Messages* buffer.
>       On the other hand, I’m not aware of any of Emacs commands adding
>       the result of some operation directly to the kill ring.

100% agreement.

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