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Re: "Loading"

From: Dave Abrahams
Subject: Re: "Loading"
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 07:22:46 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.130004 (Ma Gnus v0.4) Emacs/24.0.94 (darwin)

on Thu Mar 15 2012, Michael Albinus <michael.albinus-AT-gmx.de> wrote:

> Dave Abrahams <address@hidden> writes:
>>>> Is there any reason a few characters couldn't be used for this in the
>>>> left part of the minibuffer/echo area, without making that area
>>>> completely unusable?
>>> Harder to implement. You would need to add a minor mode for the
>>> minibuffer, which shows this fixed string. And for the echo area, you
>>> would also need to touch `message' and friends.
>> What about just splitting the minibuffer window horizontally?
> Anything goes, of course. But I fear we would break the minibuffer
> (which is a special buffer, with special handling). And there is still
> the echo area problem.

I didn't realize that was a separate problem.  Could you explain further?

> The modeline is designed to provide indications to the user. I believe,
> it is the natural place for showing unfinished network activities.
> If it cannot be a spinning char due to the permanent refresh, than it
> might be some coloured text, as running processes show already.

Yeah... but of course I'm looking at three modelines in my frame right
now.  The problem of having no central place to display global state is
well known around here, though.  Maybe just use the modeline of the
leftmost window immediately above the minibuffer?

Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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