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Dired Extra Version 2

For The GNU Emacs 19

Directory Editor

Manual Revision: 2.52 1994/08/09 16:51:31

Lawrence R. Dodd dodd@roebling.poly.edu

(Based on `dired.texi' by Sebastian Kremer <sk@thp.uni-koeln.de>) Copyright (C) 1993, 1994 Free Software Foundation

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The file used to create this is called `dired-x.texi', but the original work that was altered to make that file was called `dired.texi' written by Sebastian Kremer.


This documents the extra features for Dired Mode for GNU Emacs 19. It is derived from version 1.191 of Sebastian Kremer's `dired-x.el' and is GNU Emacs v19 compatible.

In adopting this `dired-x.el' to GNU Emacs v19 some material that has been incorported into `dired.el' and `dired-aux.el' of the GNU Emacs 19 distribution has been removed and some material was modifed for agreement with the functions in `dired.el' and `dired-aux.el'. For example, the code using gmhist history functions was replaced with code using the mini-buffer history now built into GNU Emacs 19. Finally, a few other features have been added and a few more functions have been bound to keys.

Please note that `dired-x.el' and this texinfo file `dired-x.texi' are bundled with GNU Emacs versions 19.23 and later.


Some features provided by Dired Extra

  1. Omitting of uninteresting files from dired listing.
  2. Local variables for dired directories.
  3. Guessing shell commands in dired buffers.
  4. Running dired command in non-dired buffers.
  5. Finding a file mentioned in a buffer
  6. Commands using file marking.

`dired-x.el' binds some functions to keys in Dired Mode (See section Key Index) and also binds C-x C-j and C-x 4 C-j globally to dired-jump (See section Miscellaneous Commands). It may also bind C-x C-f and C-x 4 C-f to dired-x-find-file and dired-x-find-file-other-window, respectively (See section Find File At Point).

Technical Details

When loaded this code redefines the following functions of GNU Emacs from `dired.el'

and the following functions from `dired-aux.el'

One drawback is that `dired-x.el' will load `dired-aux.el' as soon as dired is loaded. Thus, the advantage of separating out non-essential dired stuff into `dired-aux.el' and only loading when necessary will be lost when `dired-x.el' is used.

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