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Re: Syntax of "-" in shell-mode

From: Dima Kogan
Subject: Re: Syntax of "-" in shell-mode
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:05:31 -0700
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Drew Adams <address@hidden> writes:

>> Hi. What do people think about giving "-" a syntax of "word" in
>> shell-mode? The rationale is that in this mode one is generally editing
>> shell commands where "-" precedes commandline options, and strings such
>> as "--help" generally represent a single semantic token.
>> More specifically if I have something like "xxx --yyy" with the point in
>> the whitespace, and I invoke (transpose-words) I want the result to be
>> "--yyy xxx" and not "yyy --xxx". The latter means something very
>> different in a shell command.
> Maybe not so simple.  A shell command can involve lots of stuff,
> including arguments to commands that use their own syntax (think
> `find').

Of course the true syntax depends on context, but in my experience, in
shell commands "-" is a word far more often than it isn't.

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