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Re: master f7b84345f8 1/2: ; * doc/emacs/vc1-xtra.texi (Editing VC Comma

From: Sean Whitton
Subject: Re: master f7b84345f8 1/2: ; * doc/emacs/vc1-xtra.texi (Editing VC Commands): Fix wording.
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2023 10:19:12 -0700
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On Fri 07 Oct 2022 at 03:45PM +03, Eli Zaretskii wrote:

>> From: Sean Whitton <spwhitton@spwhitton.name>
>> Cc: emacs-devel@gnu.org
>> Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2022 16:06:21 -0700
>> On Wed 05 Oct 2022 at 08:58AM +03, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
>> > "Would not make much sense" is in the eyes of the beholder.  Not all
>> > of us are quick-thinking enough to realize the commands we sometimes
>> > choose to do a job are not the optimal ones.  But there's no reason to
>> > pretend that there's only one way of doing every job.
>> >
>> > Are there other reasons to insist on the "VCS-specific functionality"
>> > aspect of this command, beyond the above considerations of using VC
>> > command in an optimal fashion?
>> What I'd like to get across in the manual, somehow and somewhere, is
>> that VC now has a broadly applicable answer to the question of accessing
>> VCS-specific functionality.  We've decided that in many cases, the best
>> thing is to require that the user edit command lines themselves, rather
>> than adding new VC commands or new VCS-specific commands.  So if someone
>> is wondering "how do I get at X with VC, do I just have to resort to a
>> shell?" it would be good for them to know that 'C-x v !' might be a
>> convenient option for them.
>> I accept that here is perhaps not the best place to try to get this
>> across.  Where do you think something like that might fit?  Would be
>> grateful for help.
> I very much doubt that you can usefully say something like that in a
> description of an obscure command: how will that be discovered?

Yes, good point.

> And where else in the manual would you say something like that, when
> it involves a specific command?

Not sure.

> So maybe say that in NEWS?

Okay, thanks for the suggestion, now done.

Sean Whitton

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