The Modernization of Emacs: terminology buffer and keybinding

Robert Uhl eadmund42 at
Sun Jun 24 02:35:22 CEST 2007

Twisted <twisted0n3 at> writes:
> For an example of the latter, consider opening a file. Can't remember
> the exact spelling and capitalization of the file name? Sorry, bud,
> you're SOL. Go find it in some other app and memorize the name, then
> return to emacs.

Once again I am forced to wonder if you have _ever_ actually used
emacs.  find-file has tab completion: hit tab without anything typed, and
it displays _everything_ in the directory; type a few characters to
narrow it down; hit tab to complete the filename and be done with it.

Or of course you could use directory mode, which enables you to navigate
around a directory tree, performing actions on files (including editing

Then of course there's ido.el, which is even better: type a few
characters from anywhere in the name, and it displays files matching
those characters.

You've never actually run emacs, have you?

Robert Uhl <>
The power of Satan is as nothing before the might of the Lord, so don't
go getting any ideas.                             --I Abyssinians 20:20

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