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bug#34939: Some minibuffer behaviour is annoying

From: Dmitry Gutov
Subject: bug#34939: Some minibuffer behaviour is annoying
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 18:57:12 +0200
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On 21.03.2019 21:13, pinkanon pinkanon wrote:
Hi! I have two issues regarding minibuffer usage:

(1) when I press backspace and the prompt is empty, minibuffer tells me
"Text is read-only". You. Don't. Say.


Proposed solution: while it can be argued that this is an OK default,
it would be great to have an option to show nothing instead.

As a "solution", patch would be better.

Off the top of my head, I don't see a simple fix while the prompt is still implemented using the read-only text property.

(2) When I try to quit and some buffer is unchanged, I get the usual
deal asking me what I want. The problem I have here [in addition to
the problem discussed in (1), adapted to this case: "Type C-h for
help."] is that I must use C-g, but not good old escape.

Proposed solution: make [an option to be able to] ESC any minibuffer
prompt. In this particular case, maybe ESC could be added to one of
the possible response options, but that's an implementation detail as
far as I am concerned, a regular user.

Here are some other people trying to solve this problem with no luck.

Probably no simple way to make ESC work that way. The answer gives a hint why. But you could go the ergoemacs way, I guess.

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