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Re: dired should bind a key to visit parent directory

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: dired should bind a key to visit parent directory
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 13:22:52 +0300

On 7 Jun 2001, Dan Jacobson wrote:

> Kai via mail> Does dired-up-directory, aka `^', do what you want?
> Yes.  Why didn't I know about that?  Ah: 1. it is not anywhere in the
> Dired Info manual.

I added it.

> 2. it is way down on line 109 of the Dired-mode
> help page [C-h m].  I mean in the computer world, we are always
> staring at "up" and "back" buttons.  They are important, so they
> should be mentioned.

Dired is a large mode with many commands and key bindings.  Emacs lists 
them in the alphabetical order, because this is the only order where a 
user can predictably find something quickly.  A user who lacks the 
patience to browse through the entire list will surely miss some 
important bindings.  There's nothing we can do about that, since the 
relative importance of various functions is a highly subjective matter 
(FWIW, I _never_ use `^' in Dired).

The same holds about the Info manual, btw: the Dired chapter there is 
very long, and if you don't read it in its entirety, you might miss 
important functionality, including the `^' key, even though now it is 

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