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Re: Simple isearch concerns

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Simple isearch concerns
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:48:30 +0300

> Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2021 11:48:36 +0000
> From: Gregory Heytings <gregory@heytings.org>
> cc: Juri Linkov <juri@linkov.net>, spacibba@aol.com, emacs-devel@gnu.org
> >>>> isearch-beginning-of-buffer changes the direction to 'forward' 
> >>>> because it makes no sense to keep it 'backward' - there are no 
> >>>> matches before the first match.
> >>>
> >>> Are you excluding the wrapped-isearch use case?
> >>
> >> I replied to Gregory about this use case that it's less useful than to 
> >> get ready to go forward with the next C-s.
> >
> > That might be your personal opinion, but it doesn't have to be everyone 
> > else's.
> >
> I don't understand what the point is here.

The issue is whether we need to change the direction as a side effect
of isearch-beginning-of-buffer.  From my POV, this is unexpected.
The direction should stay what it was before.

> If you do not change the search direction after moving to BOB, the result 
> is not what you would expect.  For example, after C-r:
> - with isearch-wrap-pause t, M-< tells you "failing I-search backward" 
> even if there are in fact occurrences of the search string between point 
> and BOB, and a second M-< will jump to the last occurrence in the buffer;
> - with isearch-wrap-pause 'no, M-< jumps immediate to the last occurrence 
> in the buffer.

Why do you think this is not what the user will expect?

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