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Re: Isearch in dired

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: Isearch in dired
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2008 12:59:38 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

> It would be useful for isearch in a dired buffer to match only file
> names by default.  I think this would be a good feature -- if we can
> come up with a natural way to request ordinary search of the entire
> buffer.
> Can anyone think of one?

I think the most convenient default behavior would be context-dependent,
i.e. match only file names when point is on the file name column - where
point stays most of the time: after opening a dired buffer and through
dired operations including navigation.  So it would be natural to do the
same for isearch - never let point leave the file name column.

To search of the entire buffer, the user can move point outside the
file name column.  Since this need is very rare, there's no hassle.

Juri Linkov

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