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Re: Another keybinding nit for afterwards

From: Dieter Wilhelm
Subject: Re: Another keybinding nit for afterwards
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 12:43:57 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:
> C-y takes a prefix argument where one can indicate what in the
> kill-stack to yank.
> This is likely rarely used since people will not often remember the
> right number.  Instead M-y will normally be used for rotating the
> kills around.  M-y refuses to work when the last command has not been
> a kill.

Thank you David for taking this subject from gnu-emacs-help to
emacs-devel.  (gmane.emacs.help:38196)

> I propose changing this in the following manner after the release:
> C-y only yanks the top of the kill stack, nothing else.  A prefix
> argument will just get used as a multiplicator, like with
> self-insert-command.
> M-y becomes the command to access the kill stack.  It is _not_
> required to follow C-y.  If you don't use it immediately after a yank
> command, it will just produce (rather than replace) the top of the
> kill stack.

I suggest that M-y should inserts the second entry of the kill-ring by
default, this would be in the line of the previous usage (without--of
course--the need to type C-y beforehand), the first entry in the
kill-ring could be accessed by the argument 0 (C style counting).

Otherwise C-y and M-y would have an unnecessary overlap, in my

> That way, the key sequence for rotating through the stack does not
> need to switch between C-y and M-y, and C-y can take a multiplier as a
> prefix argument.
> I think that is both a more convenient as well as more logical
> interface.

Moreover, it's an extension of the functionality!

    Best wishes

    H. Dieter Wilhelm
    Darmstadt, Germany

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