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Re: kill-region defadvice

From: Nikolaj Schumacher
Subject: Re: kill-region defadvice
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2008 10:25:51 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.2 (darwin)

Kevin Rodgers <> wrote:

> Nikolaj Schumacher wrote:
>> Kevin Rodgers <> wrote:
>>> Nikolaj Schumacher wrote:
>>>> Joe <> wrote:
>>>>> Originally I did this by writing a new function that checked
>>>>> if the mark was active. However, I think that using defadvice is a
>>>>> better solution but I got stuck while trying to write it.
>>>> No, it's not!  By using advice, you modify the kill-region function and
>>>> risk that any command using it will backward-kill-word instead.
>>> Just write the advice as
>>>    (if (and (interactive-p) mark-active)
>>>        ad-do-it
>>>      (backward-kill-word 1))
>> Still not a good idea.
>> `interactive-p' will return nil when used in a keyboard macro.  That
>> will most likely cause unintended behavior at some point.
> (if (and (or (interactive-p) executing-kbd-macro)
>        mark-active)

First of all, that should probably read:

(if (or (not (or (interactive-p) executing-kbd-macro)

But that still won't work.  executing-kbd-macro will remain non-nil when
called non-interactively by another command while inside a macro.

Of course, I'm not saying that it can't be done.  I'm just saying it's
easy to mess up and difficult to debug.

Nikolaj Schumacher

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