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Re: icomplete-mode vs. iswitchb

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: icomplete-mode vs. iswitchb
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:20:29 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

>> Well, I don't recall many complaints about ido vs iswitchb -- most
>> people were happy to use one or the other.  Probably more people use
>> ido, as it offers more features.

That's still not very relevant: those who like ido can (and should) use ido.

>> But I have just tested this:
>> (setq ido-mode 'buffer)
>> (ido-mode 1)

Seems to do more than iswitchb: it also change C-x C-f.

> did, the users would end up with less functionality than if they use
> icomplete-mode, which provides completion suggestions in all cases where
> Emacs knows how to complete - not only buffers, but files, functions,
> variables, etc.

Actually, that's a point *against* icomplete-mode, when taken as
a replacement for iswitchb.

I think I'm beginning to understand the emotional response, tho: people
seem to think that putting icomplete-mode in the obsolete data is a kind
of *recommendation*, which is not the intention.

I'll just add ido-mode in there as well, which I hope will stop the
religious hysteria.


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