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`mouse-drag-cursor-type' suggestion

From: John Paul Wallington
Subject: `mouse-drag-cursor-type' suggestion
Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 21:56:26 +0000

In my .emacs file I have this little hack (I have a box cursor):

;;LispWorks-style cursor-type change on down-mouse-1
(defadvice mouse-drag-region
  (around change-cursor-type-on-down-mouse-1 activate compile)
  "Change `cursor-type' to bar whilst <down-mouse-1>."
  (let ((cursor-type '(bar . 2)))

I like the effect.  Perhaps it could be offered as a customizable
variable in Emacs.  A patch follows.  WDYT?

--- /build-emacs/emacs/lisp/mouse.el.~1.241.~   Wed May 29 17:36:55 2002
+++ /build-emacs/emacs/lisp/mouse.el    Thu Nov  7 21:35:42 2002
@@ -692,9 +692,30 @@
 (defvar mouse-selection-click-count-buffer nil)
+(defcustom mouse-drag-cursor-type t
+  "Cursor to use while `mouse-drag-region' is running.
+`mouse-drag-region' is bound to \\[mouse-drag-region].
+Values are interpreted as follows:
+  t             use the default cursor
+  nil           don't display a cursor
+  bar           display a bar cursor with default width
+  (bar . WIDTH)         display a bar cursor with width WIDTH
+  ANYTHING ELSE         display a box cursor."
+  :type '(choice (const :tag "Default cursor" t)
+                (const :tag "Bar cursor, default width" bar)
+                (cons :tag "Bar cursor, specify width" 
+                      (const :tag "Bar cursor" bar) 
+                      (integer :tag "Width (in pixels)" 1))
+                (const :tag "Box cursor" box)
+                (const :tag "No cursor" nil))
+  :group 'mouse)
 (defun mouse-drag-region (start-event)
   "Set the region to the text that the mouse is dragged over.
 Highlight the drag area as you move the mouse.
+The cursor obeys `mouse-drag-cursor-type'.
 This must be bound to a button-down mouse event.
 In Transient Mark mode, the highlighting remains as long as the mark
 remains active.  Otherwise, it remains until the next input event.
@@ -711,7 +732,10 @@
          (display-buffer (current-buffer)))
       ;; Give temporary modes such as isearch a chance to turn off.
       (run-hooks 'mouse-leave-buffer-hook)
-      (mouse-drag-region-1 start-event))))
+      (let ((cursor-type (if (eq mouse-drag-cursor-type t)
+                            cursor-type
+                          mouse-drag-cursor-type)))
+       (mouse-drag-region-1 start-event)))))
 (defun mouse-drag-region-1 (start-event)
   (mouse-minibuffer-check start-event)

John Paul Wallington

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