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Re: messages while the minibuffer is active

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: messages while the minibuffer is active
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 14:48:20 +0200 (IST)

On Wed, 1 Nov 2000, Miles Bader wrote:

> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
> > > Basically, when I'm typing, I don't want stuff blatting over what I'm
> > > doing unless the system is about to melt down.
> > 
> > Perhaps you want a user option to shut that up.  Don't we have one 
> > already?
> No; I *want to see the messages*.  I just don't want to see them on top
> of what I'm doing.

How do you want to pull that trick, then?

The overlaying that you dislike has been there in Emacs for as long as I 
remember.  Emacs always used the echo area for both echo and minibuffer.

> For instance, byte-compiling a file results in a ton of messages, about
> half of which take one line and half two, the result being crazy
> mode-line dancing like I described.

Was that only a year ago, or does this description pertains to today's 
behavior as well?

> Now that the echo-area is only shrunken at strategic points, it tends to
> grow to a certain size and stay put for a while, which is much less
> distracting.

That's the problemn that bugged me.  But the resizing is otherwise okay 
with me.

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