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Re: C-x C-v considered harmful

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: C-x C-v considered harmful
Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2009 15:23:34 -0400

    keystroke savings seems so minor that I can not imagine ever wanting to. 
      Is C-x C-v really so much better than C-x k <RET> C-x C-f?

The case where it gave an advantage is that you can enter the
corrected file name based on the mistaken one, rather than starting
from scratch.

But that is not much of an advantage nowadays, because you can get the
mistaken file name via the minibuffer history.

So maybe C-x C-v should be disabled and/or eliminated.  But that is
the sort of thing for which the maintainers should poll the users,
rather than just decide on their own.

Miles says

    Yes, it's actually quite useful in some cases, and I find I use it
    regularly, typically when I've accidentally visited the wrong file -- it
    automatically fills in the minibuffer with the old name, so it's usually
    very quick to correct the name and hit RET.

Miles, if you had to type
C-x k RET C-x C-f M-p instead of C-x C-v,
in those cases, how painful would that be?

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