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Re: Emacs as a command line tool

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Subject: Re: Emacs as a command line tool
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 02:01:37 -0500
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David Rasmussen wrote:

> Joakim Hove wrote:
>> how about redirection:
>> expand file > tmp_file ; mv tmp_file file
> Sure, but that doesn't solve the problem with batch runs. I can't do
> expand *.cpp
> which would have been very easy.
> /David

It just occurred to me (when I was thinking of something else, oddly) an 
easy way to solve your problem--at least for me.

Make a macro.

First, use the dired function to set up the directory with all these files. 
Make sure they're set as whole lines. Then start the macro recording 

Search for the cpp extension, stop the search, hit <return> to call the file 
up, untabify the file, save it, close it, returning to dired. End the 

Now all you have to do is tell the macro to repeat the required number of 



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