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Re: Emacs learning curve

From: David De La Harpe Golden
Subject: Re: Emacs learning curve
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 10:00:50 +0100
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On 12/07/10 08:25, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
From: Chong Yidong<address@hidden>
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2010 18:49:03 -0400
Cc: Juri Linkov<address@hidden>, Sebastian Rose<address@hidden>,
        address@hidden, Tom<address@hidden>,
        Miles Bader<address@hidden>

To summarize:

   C-w and M-w should copy to the clipboard and set the primary
     in addition to updating the kill-ring.

   shift-selection and mouse-dragging should set/update the primary,
     leaving the clipboard and the kill-ring alone.

   mouse-2 should yank the primary.

What about the region highlighted by typing C-SPC twice and then
moving cursor -- will it go to the primary as well?

[it's c-spc once out-of-box, you must have turned off transient-mark-mode?]

I would expect so and n.b. it already does with the relevant settings already given.

The main downside, IIRC, is that some users may not want C-w in Emacs to
clobber the clipboard.  I can understand how this may be a concern,
since the Emacs kill-ring is much more flexible than the clipboard.  But
this seems to be something for advanced users to worry about; for the
default, we ought to stick close to X11 "standards").

Perhaps make a simple minor mode for those users who don't want C-w
etc. to clobber the clipboard.

They would turn off x-select-enable-clipboard and then use clipboard-kill/yank (either bound to some key or the existing ones on the menu) for the times they want to interact with the clipboard.

I suppose a mode could set that up, but it borders on trivial.

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