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Re: Doing search and replace via *grep* buffer

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Doing search and replace via *grep* buffer
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 09:51:16 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

"Chris Moore" <address@hidden> writes:

> On 2/15/07, Kim F. Storm <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Then hit / and type the replacement text:
>>   / newtext RET
>> Now, still in the *grep* buffer, move to the next instance you want
>> to modify, and just hit . to repeat the replacement, for example:
>>   n n . n . n . n n n .
>> (I suppose VI users will find this very familiar).
> vi users are used to / being used to search, not to replace.  and 'N'
> is the key for 'previous match', not 'p'.  The interface you offer
> here is similar enough to how things work in vi to confuse people.
> Also, while using 'n' and 'p' to go up and down, there's no finger
> available to press '.'; some other choice of key would be better.
> How about 'r' to prompt for replacement text and do a replacement, and
> 'g' to do it a(g)ain on a different line?  The left hand easily
> reaches 'r' and 'g' while the right hand is touching 'n' and 'p'.

We don't want to design new keybindings.  I explained previously how
to do this in a manner that does not require the user to learn
completely new keybindings.

And anyway, Richard already said to save this discussion for after the

David Kastrup

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