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Re: `isearch-allow-scroll' - a misnomer and a bad design

From: PJ Weisberg
Subject: Re: `isearch-allow-scroll' - a misnomer and a bad design
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:23:46 -0700

On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 2:44 PM, Richard Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:
>    > The idea that being in a search is a state that commands "shouldn't
>    > disturb" is the result of thinking of it as a mode.  It is normal
>    > for editing commands to stop searching and edit instead.
>    Is scrolling "editing" here?  I would have said no, since it doesn't
>    change the buffer and doesn't move point.
> You're making a distinction I didn't intend, so we are talking past
> each other.
> When I said "editing commands" I meant "anything other than inserting
> text." The rule is that they exit Isearch.  There have always been
> exceptions, but they were few.
> The more exceptions there are, the harder it is to remember how to use
> Isearch.

Are you arguing that isearch non-exiting commands shouldn't exist, or
that they shouldn't be able to take a prefix argument?  The former
makes more sense, but having C-u exit isearch only accomplishes the


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