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Re: Short explanation for & in key ! of dired

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Short explanation for & in key ! of dired
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 11:24:06 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

Daniel Clemente <address@hidden> writes:

>   Hi, I think that in the docstring of method dired-do-shell-command 
> (assigned to key !), it would be useful to add a paragraph like:
> ---
>     Emacs will block until the program ends. To execute the command in the 
> background, add `&' to the end of you string, as in `program * &'.
> ---
>   For it's not completely obvious, and it's useful if you're opening 
> graphical programs like xpdf, ooffice, a web browser, ...

Pity & is already taken for dired-flag-garbage-files.  It would be an
obvious candidate for starting commands in the background.

David Kastrup

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