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icomplete-vertical-mode not taking effect

From: arvid-harnack
Subject: icomplete-vertical-mode not taking effect
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2021 21:38:40 +0200 (CEST)

>From: Yuri Khan <>
>Subject: Re: icomplete-vertical-mode not taking effect
>Date: 19/06/2021 21:26:48 Europe/Paris
>Cc: help-gnu-emacs <>

>On Sun, 20 Jun 2021 at 02:03, <> wrote:

>> There have been a number op people who agree that the mode enabling
>> feels very surprising. The answer one gets is - "it is designed that way".

>You have been given a sound reason: ‘icomplete-vertical-mode’ can be
>used with either ‘icomplete-mode’ or ‘fido-mode’. If it automatically
>enabled ‘icomplete-mode’, it would no longer work with ‘fido-mode’.

>The name is unfortunate because it is easy to get the idea that it is
>“like icomplete-mode but vertical”, but the principle is good: one
>choice between sets of functionality, and an orthogonal choice about

I find it more unfortunate that one changes the way icomplete results are 

and another mode gets screwed.  Certainly it is not a devine plan.

icomplete-vertical should be exactly as icomplete.  The way you view results 

be immaterial.  But developers cannot accept it as a problem, expecting users to

behave like idiots and pretend it is not a problem.

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