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Re: info inconsistency about "Shell Commands in Dired"

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Re: info inconsistency about "Shell Commands in Dired"
Date: 27 Aug 2004 09:21:06 +0200
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Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

>     IMHO, we should remove the feature all-together -- or just keep it
>     as is and give a better example in the manual, e.g
>           mv ? newname.c
>     as well as warnings for things that does not work, e.g.
>           mv ? ?-old
> Sorry, I do not understand this text.  Precisely what is the feature
> you propose to remove?  How would ? behave in dired-do-shell-command
> after your proposed change?

Sorry!  My proposal (as presented) didn't make sense in the
dired-do-shell-command context.

Here is a revised proposal:

I propose that to insert the current buffer or file name (see later)
in a prompt, you must enter M-?.

For a normal minibuffer prompt, e.g. M-x shell, this simply inserts
the buffer file name as proposed in my last fix.

For a command to be used with dired-do-shell-command, M-? inserts
a special marker -- e.g. a `?' character with a dedicated text
property, e.g. '(expand t).  Then dired-do-shell-command shall look
for characters with that property and do the replacement on those.

We should probably keep the meaning of ? surrounded by spaces for
backwards compatibility (and ease of use).  And then fix the
documentation to say what works and what doesn't work.

Kim F. Storm <address@hidden> http://www.cua.dk

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