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feature? dired-do-background-shell-command

From: Joe Corneli
Subject: feature? dired-do-background-shell-command
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2007 15:03:56 -0400 (EDT)

I've looked around on the net and see some at least partial
support for a function `dired-do-background-shell-command',
but I am suprised that this feature isn't currently part of

(If there is a way to run commands in the background from within
dired, it isn't documented in the info file section "Shell Commands in

In GNU Emacs (i686-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.8.20)
 of 2007-06-08 on deepblack
Windowing system distributor `The X.Org Foundation', version 11.0.70101000
configured using `configure  '--prefix=/usr' '--with-x' '--with-x-toolkit=gtk''

Important settings:
  value of $LC_ALL: nil
  value of $LC_COLLATE: nil
  value of $LC_CTYPE: nil
  value of $LC_MESSAGES: nil
  value of $LC_MONETARY: nil
  value of $LC_NUMERIC: nil
  value of $LC_TIME: nil
  value of $LANG: en_US.UTF-8
  locale-coding-system: utf-8
  default-enable-multibyte-characters: t

Major mode: Help

Minor modes in effect:
  shell-dirtrack-mode: t
  show-paren-mode: t
  tooltip-mode: t
  mouse-wheel-mode: t
  file-name-shadow-mode: t
  global-font-lock-mode: t
  font-lock-mode: t
  unify-8859-on-encoding-mode: t
  utf-translate-cjk-mode: t
  auto-compression-mode: t
  line-number-mode: t
  transient-mark-mode: 1
  view-mode: t

Recent input:
<down> <down> <down> <down> <down> <down> <down> C-w 
C-x C-s <backspace> M-< C-x C-x C-g M-< <return> <return> 
M-< ; ; SPC D o c u m e n t a t i o n ; <backspace> 
: C-a ; C-e <return> <return> ; ; ; SPC C o d e : <up> 
<up> C-e <return> <return> ; ; SPC I SPC a m SPC o 
c <backspace> <backspace> c o n s i d e r i n g SPC 
a d d i n g SPC d i r e d - x <C-left> <C-left> <C-backspace> 
w a s SPC C-y C-e SPC s o SPC I SPC c o u l d SPC d 
o SPC <return> ; ; SPC d i r e d - b M-/ M-/ <backspace> 
<backspace> <backspace> <backspace> <backspace> <backspace> 
<backspace> <backspace> <backspace> d o - b a / M-/ 
<backspace> c M-/ ' <left> <C-left> ` C-e , SPC b u 
t SPC i t SPC d o e s n ' t <return> ; ; SPC s e e 
m SPC t o SPC p r o v i d e SPC t h a t SPC c o m m 
a n d . <tab> <tab> C-h f C-g M-x a p r o p o s <return> 
b a c k g r o u n d <return> C-x 1 C-n C-n C-n M-< 
C-x b * a <backspace> A p <tab> <return> C-x C-x C-g 
C-x C-f <return> C-h C-g C-h k ! C-x o C-SPC C-e M-w 
M-x b u g - g n <tab> <backspace> <backspace> <tab> 
<backspace> <backspace> <backspace> <backspace> e m 
a <tab> b u <tab> <backspace> <backspace> <backspace> 
<backspace> <backspace> <backspace> <backspace> <backspace> 
r e p <tab> o <tab> r <tab> <return>

Recent messages:
Expansion found in '*grep*'
Mark set
Directory has changed on disk; type g to update Dired
Type C-x 1 to remove help window.  
Mark activated
Making completion list... [2 times]
Loading emacsbug...done

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