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RE: propose: dired-isearch.el --- isearch in Dired

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: propose: dired-isearch.el --- isearch in Dired
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007 08:56:50 -0700

Mathias> I think I like Drew's suggestion, to use dired-details and
Mathias> toggle the display of those extra fields when we need to
Mathias> search in them. I haven't tried that out though.

FWIW, it works fine in Emacs 21 and 22. It does not work in Emacs 20 - the
invisible part of the buffer is still searched.

David> That's jumpy.

I assume you mean that the display changes when you hide the non-file

FWIW, my guess is that most people will end up leaving those fields
invisible much of the time, once they find out about dired-details. In that
case, there is no display change to search only the file names. Instead,
there would then be a display change to search beyond the file names.

An advantage of this approach is WYSIWYG: search searches the text that you
see, nothing more or less. Another advantage is that isearch always acts the
same, in Dired and elsewhere.

David> How about using file-name-shadow face for this?

Use it for what? Do you mean not hide the details and instead use that face
for fields other than the file names? How would that affect searching?

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