[Bug: 21.5-b28] C-x C-s immediately after C-x C-f does the wrong thing, I think
Stephen J. Turnbull
turnbull at sk.tsukuba.ac.jp
Fri Feb 20 22:00:40 EST 2009
Rodney Sparapani writes:
> robert delius royar wrote:
> > If I were to mistype a directory name within the path to the file, what
> > would the action be? Now, I am asked if I wish to create the directory.
> > If I answer "no," then I get a buffer with that filename. It is not
> > modified, so I can delete the buffer without answering another question.
> > I would want similar action in a revised C-x-C-f.
I agree with this. I actually do get burned by having modiff set in a
different context, of a mail reply-with-yank. If I choose a wide
reply instead of a narrow one, for example, I'd like to be able to do
"C-x k RET R" instead of "C-x k RET yes RET R". (I'm also currently
futzing with window configuration, so the cursor is often not in the
right place in the summary buffer, and I want to redo on a different
I wonder if a better solution to this annoyance wouldn't be to
downgrade some of these verbose confirmation sequences to one letter
> I have found that answering No is pretty useless and just hit C-g
> and start all over again. I'm wondering if a No answer should have
> the same effect as C-g. Does anyone know what was intended by allowing
> No to create a buffer without a directory?
That's what "no" means in response to "Create the directory?" Why
have "no" mean "abort" rather than "no"? Use C-g if you want to start
from scratch. It's shorter, anyway.
This is definitely a candidate for y-or-n-p. Creating directories (or
not) is simply not that hard to recover from, and it's not like the
stupid Windows-induced yes-or-no-p for "Really revert the buffer?"
where M-x revert RET yes RET is burned into my fingertip PROM because
I *always* want to revert; being asked if you want to create is rare
and the answer not foreordained.
> If you try to save the buffer, it just complains that the directory
> does not exist anyways.
autosave continues to work by falling back to some standard place. I
occasionally use this as a safety net when I'm not sure I actually
have anything to say ... in which case I don't want the directory
created until I'm ready.
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