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Re: suggestion for set-file-modes

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: suggestion for set-file-modes
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 23:54:30 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

>>> Soooo, why not convert it to an appropriate "input form" for putting in
>>> the prompt/default ?
>>> E.g., -rwxrwxrw- => "ug=rwx,o=rw"
>   As I said to Dan before, I think symbolic notation is about applying a
> mask to the existing file's modes, not editing them.  Of course, after
> `u=rwx,g=rwx,o=rw' I can (more or less comfortably) add my mask `,a-w',
> but still, I don't see any case when I'd want to *edit* modes.

You don't need to add a mask `,a-w' after `u=rwx,g=rwx,o=rw',
because unless you want to retrieve the default value `u=rwx,g=rwx,o=rw'
for editing, you can start typing `a-w' in the empty minibuffer.

Typing M-n in the minibuffer to retrieve the default value is intended
only for users who what to edit the existing permissions based on
the absolute forms using "=".

Juri Linkov

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