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Re: & and M-& to run programs asynchronously

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: & and M-& to run programs asynchronously
Date: Wed, 01 Jul 2009 03:02:55 +0300
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>> Below is a ready patch submitted for verification before checking in:
> As it stands its usefulness is rather dubious: the user could just as
> easily type the extra & at the end.  Could someone remind me what were
> the arguments for adding it?  What are the expected use-cases and
> planned improvements?

Sure, in its current state it is useless.  That's why I said
it is just a starting point for adding more options relevant only
for asynchronous commands.  These options include using M-& as an
application launcher that will allow automatic creation of
multiple *Async Shell Command* buffers, deciding whether to
display the output buffer for GUI apps or not, etc.

Juri Linkov

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