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Re: backward incompatibility of find-file

From: Ted Stern
Subject: Re: backward incompatibility of find-file
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2005 22:52:49 -0700 (PDT)

On Sat, 23 Apr 2005, Richard Stallman wrote:
   Using either

           M-x find-file RET RET

           C-x C-f RET

   , under 21.3 the original file would be reloaded, as if

      (revert-buffer buffer-file-name t t)

   had been entered.  Under 22.0.50, the default find-file-read-args
   prompt is set to the buffer's current working directory, and when RET
   is pressed, that directory is loaded in dired.

ISTR this was a deliberate change.
It is not documented in etc/NEWS, but I guess it should be.

Thanks for the reply! (ISTR?  Don't know that abbrev.)

IMO it should be documented and there should be variable that allows a return to the previous functionality if so desired.

I suppose with some devious manouvering it might be possible to advise find-file and find-file-read-args to get the desired effect, but that's a terribly roundabout method.

The user who complained about this to me mentioned having to retrain decade-plus muscle memory.

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