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Re: ! in Dired--what was the outcome?

From: Reinhard Kotucha
Subject: Re: ! in Dired--what was the outcome?
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 01:30:25 +0200

>>>>> "Johan" == Johan Vromans <address@hidden> writes:

    > Likewise, {} could be made available to 'shell-command' as well,
    > to make it easy to run arbitrary commands on the file associated
    > with the current buffer. For example C-x C-s M-! cp {} {}.save
    > RET before starting to make possibly hazardous changes...

The example is quite special.  It allows to append an extension, but
it disallows to remove one.

What I do very often in bash is

     for file in *.ps ; do
         convert $file ${file%%ps}pdf

Maybe your syntax can be extended, for instance like this:

      convert {} {/ps$//}pdf
      convert {} {/ps$/pdf/}

Using regexps is much more powerful than the substring approach in
bash anyway.


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