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Re: Tag based dired?

From: Mathias Dahl
Subject: Re: Tag based dired?
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 10:58:44 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (windows-nt)

Xiao-Yong Jin <> writes:

> Hi all, I'm wondering if there is some kind of tag or label support in
> dired.
> Nowadays tagging or labeling is used widely on the Internet.  Blogs
> and wikis has various tag support.  And gmail has its flexible
> labeling support.  So does the f-spot.  I did some search on the web
> and there is no file manager that really supports tags well.  

It certainly is possible. Tumme, which is part of CVS Emacs (Emacs 22)
has tagging capabilities. Tumme is used for browing image collections
and supports commenting and tagging images. Actually, you should be
able to use Tumme's tagging functionality to tag other types of files,
as long as you do not try to use it to display these files. :)

Tumme stores the comments and tags in a central "database" file. You
can use the tags to find files and have them marked in dired.

If you don't use CVS Emacs, download tumme.el from here:

Install it and put this in your .emacs:

(require 'tumme)

In dired, do M-x tumme-tag-files. You will be prompted for a list of
tags to add to the marked files. The tags will then be saved to the
tumme database file. After having added files, tell Emacs to mark them
using M-x tumme-mark-tagged-files.

Again, Tumme is for image browsing, but you could always try and
experiment with this to see how it works with other types of
files. Tagging files in this way is a generic thing.

Happy experimenting!

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