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Re: Bookmarks: separate set of bookmarks in directory

From: Alan E. Davis
Subject: Re: Bookmarks: separate set of bookmarks in directory
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:12:33 +0000

I thank you for your advice.  It looks daunting;  I think, though bookmarks
to bookmark files then arranging for directory specific bookmark files may
do what i need with minimal distraction, better than what i had envisioned.


On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 5:02 PM Drew Adams <> wrote:

> I can't address all of your questions, in particular for lack of time;
> sorry.
> You can have any number of bookmark files. You can load them separately,
> switching from one to another, or you can load any number of them together.
> You can create a *bookmark to a bookmark file*, i.e., a bookmark that,
> when invoked ("jumped to") loads a particular bookmark file, either adding
> its bookmarks to the current bookmark list or replacing the current list
> with its bookmarks.
> You can create a bookmark to a sequence of any number of arbitrary
> actions, any of which could be to load a particular bookmark file (either
> adding bookmarks or replacing the current ones).
> There are lots of possibilities. It's up to you to figure out the best way
> to use the available features for your particular use context.
> Specifying your use context in detail to others, so that they might be
> able to help you craft a solution that best meets them, is too much work
> for you and the others. It's better, I think, for you to get acquainted a
> bit with what the tools offer (reading and experimenting), and then to
> figure out what you might do with them to help you get your job done. If
> you run into a particular problem along the way, ask for specific help.
> Thx - Drew
> Drew:
> Thank you for your response.  I have re-read that section now, and I can
> see some ways that it could help me.  My chief concerns are:
>    1.   for transparency: i don't want to have to think about the
>    mechanics of bookmarking or calling or saving them.
>    2. The dropbox bookmarks could, if possible, be stored in one bookmark
>    file.  Any time I access the folder, using emacs, I would want to see the
>    list in a listing such as "list-bookmarks" provides.
>    3. Each machine has a unique set of groupings and files, which would
>    ideally be stored in a single unique bookmarks file.
>    4. Saving bookmarks would (in my perfect world) put them into either
>    the local or the dropbox bookmarks file, perhaps through a regular
>    expression recognition process.  Perhaps just recognition of "~/Dropbox" or
>    whatever other top level directory name would make this possible?
>    5. If the previous is even possible, it would be sufficient (I think)
>    for one bookmark file to load another.  Perhaps the idea of setting a
>    bookmark file bookmark would make this easy enough.  Still I wonder about
>    the saving.
> I am sorry if this is overly convoluted or if I have missed something
> obvious.
> (I might just go ahead and use the directory-wise bookmark files ploy.
> Would there then be an easy way for these to be called by the directory
> bookmark file in the toplevel subdir?  (And hence be visible at a glance.).
> Thank you again,
> Alan
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