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Re: word search (Re: isearch in Dired)

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: word search (Re: isearch in Dired)
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:30:20 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

> Typing SPC to mark the end of the word sequence is not obvious too,
> but perhaps with enough documentation might provide a convenient UI
> for incremental word search.


>>> This feature is useful for regexp Isearch as well because often it is
>>> distracting to see warnings "incomplete input" while typing a complex
>>> regexp in Isearch mode.
>> I completely disagree.  I always use C-u C-s ... M-% to do regexp
>> search&replace specifically because it's so much more convenient to be
>> able to enter the regexp incrementally.  If you're bothered by the
>> "incomplete input" warning, we should try and address that directly.

> Sometimes it is sufficient to write a regexp non-incrementally without
> paying attention where it matches during typing.  But really this is
> not important since there is already the key `M-e', so it is easy
> to type `C-u C-s M-e' when necessary.

My thought exactly: I agree that sometimes it's more convenient to use
a minibuffer rather than the incremental search entry, but it should not
be the default for regexp isearch.


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